Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Speed Dating

Since the Birmingham Marathon is on Valentine's Day, they are having a promotion to marry some lucky couple on the course. Its a cute idea, but its been done before at various marathons (Vegas does a mass wedding, there was a cute mid-marathon wedding in London a few years back, etc). The more I thought about it, the more I thought that the folks in Birmingham really missed a moment to show their creativity and get some free press. Think about it: You've got a huge crowd of folks with a common passion, all in prime marathon shape, wearing nothing more than a little spandex, dri-fit, and bodyglide. How about showing a little love for us single runners on Valentine's Day?

So here is what I'm proposing. Nothing too intricate or complicated (heavens knows single people don't like things to get complicated), but just a subtle way to identify other singles in the race. Maybe put our names in green on our bibs (green means go after all). It would be totally voluntary, but wouldn't it be nice to know that the cute guy in your pace group is looking for the 4 hour Marathoner of his dreams? Or that hottie you huddled for warmth with in the starting corral is hoping for a little spark in his life? You've got 26.2 miles to go, might as well multi-task. Plus, if it all goes well you can celebrate over free beer at the post-race party!


  1. LOL! I love it!!! You never know what can happen, I met my boyfriend through my blog!

  2. haha such a good idea! and take it a step further with Singles Only pace groups :)


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