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The third running of the BF5K was today. It’s named after BFK, Big F’ing Kevin, who pioneered the run two years ago. It’s a mix between a costume party and a 5-K race, with a twist.
Each runner has to have at least one “sponsor” who is responsible for having a drink (of their choice) every time their runner completes three laps. There 18 laps total in order to reach 5km, so that’s 6 drinks.
Each runner has to have at least one “sponsor” who is responsible for having a drink (of their choice) every time their runner completes three laps. There 18 laps total in order to reach 5km, so that’s 6 drinks.Most people had more than one sponsor because 6 drinks in 25-45 minutes is a bit extreme. Lynette and I teamed up with Nick, the 1/2 French Cryo Tech. We’d been wanting an excuse to break out Lynette’s penguin costume, which Lynette’s mom, Grace, has made and sent to us near the end of the summer. Everyone on a team (sponsors and runners) needed to fit the same theme with their costumes. So, I went as a red-neck hunter, Nick went as a hillbilly, and we played off as penguin hunters.Lynette and I planned on splitting the running responsibilities, and help Nick out with the “sponsoring” as much as we could.Before the race, we had a bit of a hard time getting Lynette ready because Grace has made the costume big enough in order to fit on the outside of our ECW’s, so of course, it was much too big. But with some binder clips and safety pins, we made it work. I got most of my camo outfit from someone on station, and an orange hunter’s hat from the Meteorology department (don’t ask my why the have one). Nick wore his Carhart ECW bibs with no shirt, and colored one of his teeth with a sharpie so it looked like he was missing one. It was awesome!
We showed up to the race and everyone had pretty much already shown up. The teams included: Kyle and Chef (From Southpark), Team Never Never Land, The Pimp and his Ho’s, The Silence of the Lambs, Three Blind Mice (the judges), Super Chicks, The Trash Bags, The Astronauts (who wore diapers and carried hammers in light of the recent “crazy-astronaut” incident), and a few others.
Shortly after we arrived and checked in with the judges, who were the three blind mice, the race was ready to begin. Lynette started the race and finished the first three laps. Every time she would come through the galley (once per lap), Nick and I would whoop and point our guns at her. A couple of times I chased her through the galley.
I took over for laps 4, 5, and 6, and then Lynette took back over. Meanwhile, I tried to finish a beer in order to help Nick out. The time for me to run came more quickly than I thought it would because Lynette was getting hot so she wanted to stop after two, but I took again over for my three laps. I started off strong, but it didn’t take too long to realize why chugging a beer before running is a bad idea. You can imagine the effect of putting a beer in your stomach and then shaking vigerously. Then, on top of that, being out of breath. I was coughing up a combination of runner’s lugee’s and beer foam. Good times!
Never-the-less, my second three laps went fairly well. Lynette again did two laps because she would get overheated inside the penguin costume (she was one of the few people who wore their full costume the whole time). My third, and final, set of three was really bad. Despite my previous experience, I was still deterimined to help Nick as “sponsor”, and I drank another half a beer. The first lap was kind of painful, my second was pretty miserable, and my third one, I just kept telling myself “don’t spew… don’t spew”. I finally made it, however, and Lynette took over for the final two laps. I recovered enough by the last lap so that we could run it together. As we crossed the finish line, I shot her down, and started jumping up and down yelling, “I got me a penguin! I got me a penguin!”
We hung out for a little while afterwards, cheering on the remaining runners (although there weren’t very many left; between my beer burps and Lynette’s costume, we didn’t exactly finish a speedy 5k). Then, we stayed for the awards ceremony (best costume went to Dainella, who dressed as the Crocodile from Peter Pan, and Richard, who dressed as BFK and was spot on). We didn’t hang out for long after that, but we heard the people stayed throughout the afternoon to celebrate.
Pictures in this blog are courtesy of Dan McCloskey, Emrys Hall, BFK (Kevin Shea), and Robert Schwarz.