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Today I passed a big empty box of condoms. I guess condoms are pretty common, but seeing them on the road was odd.<br><br>
What odd things have you seen on your runs?
 

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In high school…back in the late 70s…I was running in a big state h.s. cross-country meet with lots of schools. About half way through the race I heard cussing and punches a couple strides behind me. I turned around to see two runners from different schools fist fighting as they were running.
 

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Santa Claus, passing me, towards the end of a 5-mile race -- which I ran in 31:43.<br><br>
I did barely pass him at the end!
 

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I had 2 similar incidents, neither of which were my fault (of course!):<br><br>
1. Running a HM with a friend of mine, this guy tags me from behind as he sprints by me at the very start of the race. More than just a nudge, and yes - we had seeded ourselves properly. So I say something along the lines of "Hey watch it, a-hole!" He then backs up into me and throws an elbow into my ribs and yells "Full contact running - deal with it!" I just about hit the frigging roof - this is the start of a race and he pulls that shit, he could have knocked over about 10 people with that little trick. He sprinted off and I caught up to him right away and started laying into him - I've never been so close to punching someone as I was then. Sure, maybe I shouldn't have called him an asshole to begin with, but it was a pretty big hit he laid on me in the first place.<br><br>
2. NYC Marathon last year - 9 miles in on a rutted road and I'm about to pass a guy on my right. Some jerkoff darts in between us and shoves me out of the way and makes the pass first. Keep in mind we're on 2:45 pace so it's not like the road is crowded...there were maybe 10 people in the 10 yards ahead and behind me so there was PLENTY of room. So I say to the guy who shoved me out of the way "You got the whole road and you have to do that?!" The guy I was passing overheard me and assumed I was talking to him so he starts screaming at me "Are you talking to me?! I'll knock you the f#ck out!" It was pretty funny because I turned around and said "No, I'm talking to THAT guy". This is all while we're laying down some 6:15 miles. It was pretty funny - only in NYC!
 

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More and more reasons for me to stay in the back of the pack where it's safe. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Holy crap. I used to live right off Rt 20 in Sudbury! That's a pretty well-developed road! Probably came from the horse-farm area just south-west of the Wayside Inn area?
 
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