Saturday, May 29, 2010

Brat Fest Versus Marathon

I suppose someone somewhere might not know that our late mayor, Monona's own Tom Metcalfe started the World's Largest Brat Fest, although it wasn't the world's largest in 1983. This year they will sell approximately 48 trillion brats.

The Governor's furlough gift on Friday robbed state workers of a chance to participate in Take Your Brat to Work Day. 

What do you read when you're at Brat Fest? How about Bratfest at Tiffany's?

Who doesn't like Brat Fest? Well, at least some marathon runners according to this quote from the WSJ: 

"We as the production team liked the idea of ending at Brat Fest because we kind of wanted that finish-line festival," he said. "But the runners seem to have a disconnect with it. For many of them, it's like, ‘If a marathon is considered a healthy race, then why end up at a brat festival?' "

Someone call the whambulance.  

Ah-ha, but are marathons really all that healthy? Consider the fate of the first guy who ran one. Phidippides collapsed and died after running 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to deliver the news of a big Greek victory (and the Greeks haven't had a big victory since). In fairness, in the previous two days,Phidippides had just run two 140-mile journeys delivering messages and then fought a day-long battle before being called upon to deliver the victory message. In other words, he was the kind of person who participates in iron man contests today....

And running up and down The Hill didn't do Sean Connery any good.

But seriously, while training for a marathon is undoubtedly good for you, there have been questions raised whether actually running in one is in fact bad for you.

More debate on the topic:


What put me off, however, was the seeming attitude that marathon-runners might get get fat cooties if they mix with brat-eaters. In the words of Rodney King, can't we all just get along?

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