There are 5Ks, and then there are special 5Ks where racing is only part of the purpose. There are color runs, mud runs, all sorts of themed runs… but few of them are quite like this.
If you’ve ever dreamed of running while being surrounded by thousands of running Chuck Norrises, then you probably have some deep-seated issues, but this is probably also the race for you.
On May 4 in College Station, Texas, a Chuck Norris 5K will be held. There is a Facebook page and a website where you can find info and get registered for this unusual event.
“Join us for the inaugural CForce Chuck Norris 5K and world record attempt!” the Facebook page says. “Every registered participant will receive a fake beard, t-shirt, and real belt buckle to wear on the morning of the race as we attempt to break the record for the most people dressed as Chuck Norris in one place.”
“The man the myth the legend himself, Chuck Norris will be at the finish line to greet you with a high five!”
While registration will ensure you get some basic Norrisy gear to wear, participants are encouraged to really get into the spirit and come up with their own Norris costumes. Prizes will even be awarded, according to the website.
“If you really want to get your inner Chuck Norris on, you can create your own look alike costume! We will have a costume contest after the race.”
They’ll be awarding “Best male Chuck Norris costume,” “Best female Chuck Norris costume,” and “Best kid Chuck Norris costume (12 and under).” They also say that the race will be great for all ages.
“The race will kick off at 9 am, right after a few words of encouragement from the man, the myth, the legend….Chuck Norris! Make sure to get a high five from Chuck as you cross the finish line! Be careful though, we are not responsible for any high five injuries.”
The race is also helping to fund Kickstart Kids, an organization founded by Norris that helps strengthen character development through martial arts, and the Mercy Project, which is dedicated to ending Ghana’s child slavery problem by providing education and more financial opportunities that will minimize child labor.
With just over 100 days left until the race, more than 1,300 people have already signed up. If you want to join in on the fun, be aware that registering before the end of January will save you a cool $20 compared to signing up on the day of.
If this sounds like fun to you, head on over to the website and make Norris proud. Who knows? You may help set a record.
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