I have to hand it to the marketing crew, it's a great idea. The women (mostly in skirts) start out 3 minutes ahead and the guys pursue, all seeing who can get to the finish line first. I can picture the start of the race as the hounds of Mr. Burns running down Homer Simpson. Sadly skirts aren't required so the classic pickup line, "that's a nice skirt, it would look even better crumpled up on my bedroom floor" won't work in all cases here, even being Valentine's Day and all.
The after race festivities include a happy hour-like block party, dating games, and PG-13 fashion show. Quite possibly this could be the biggest party of the year with lonely singles excitedly chasing each other and then getting all liquored up as they lament about having no Valentine's to share the day with. Wording on the site tempts those lonely singles, "Be careful on that course! You may be the next "most likely to make out at the water station" winner!!"
Reading through the FAQs produced curious questions:
Q: Are strollers allowed?Going with the skirt chasing theme, the Lemming's interpretation of that is that it would seem to indicate that guys don't want to chase women with strollers, or maybe that women with strollers should try to catch the guys that run from them, or perhaps that catching women pushing strollers would not be sporting? Regardless, that's what it says.
A: Yes, you may run with a stroller but we ask that you start in the back of the men's wave (even for the ladies pushing the stroller). The course gets very crowded so to keep it safe strollers have to start very last.
At any rate, it sounds like a blast, and until one comes to Pottawatomie I won't be "making out at the water station". If anyone makes it to the Skirt Chaser 5K, send me pictures, my email address is under my profile.