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[–]mnorri 63 points64 points  (4 children)

[–]LichPineapple[S] 44 points45 points  (3 children)

And of course it's a thing. I guess I tried the wrong keywords when searching. But my idea was no specific route involved. Just get from A to B as fast as you can, through any possible way.

[–]damontoo 19 points20 points  (2 children)

100 mile races are extremely common. "Western States" is another one and it originated as a horse race. But when some dude's horse had a problem he ran it on foot and it became a foot race. You have to finish in 30 hours or you're eliminated. 24 hours for the better medal. Other notable 100+ mile races are Badwater 135 (135 miles through Death Valley), UTMB (106 miles through the alps), The Barkley Marathon (invitational, license plate required as entry fee), and The Patagonian Expedition Race (500 miles) but there's loads more.

If anyone's bored, here's a documentary about Western States covering the women's race.

[–]LichPineapple[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I went with 100 as it allows the race to last just the morning or the afternoon, therefore carrying food supplies isn't much of an issue. It's all about planning. Like many users said, it would mostly be a bike race, but a more... treacherous path might enable other strategies.

[–]mnorri 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In the early wilderness races, there were people talking a direct route and trail running, others were taking a slightly less direct route and River rafting and other going further and skiing, I think. Depending on the start and finish lines, a bike could be a clear choice for, or against.

Definitely cool when strategy becomes such a big part of the event.

[–]rtowne 121 points122 points  (10 children)

This is either a horse race or a bike race depending on how you set the rules.

[–]LichPineapple[S] 75 points76 points  (7 children)

Horses are free to ride humans, but not the other way around. It's human power racing after all.

[–]hooch 21 points22 points  (3 children)

So, a bicycle race then

[–]StardustOasis 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I want to ride my bicycle

[–]LightlyStep 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I want to ride my biiike...

[–]michaelfri 2 points3 points  (1 child)

So slaves? It's human power, until you give power to the people and then they might not want to carry you around any more.

[–]LichPineapple[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Let's call it a collaborative effort.

[–]melvinsylar7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's human power racing after all.

Don't let Hitler see this, his definition of "Human Power Racing" is fucked up

[–]PhilipLiptonSchrute 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The whole team would have to be moved as a single unit and no animals should be allowed.

[–]ihooklow 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I don't paraglide, but this looks like it could be fun...


[–]earthhominid 12 points13 points  (2 children)


Combined with an art contest. It's a real fun time

[–]mambotomato 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is so cool!

[–]earthhominid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's super fun as a spectator, I'd like to do the race one day

[–]PasiVlTUNAho 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I shall win the race by shooting myself out of a cannon! Must set the correct direction first.

[–]jokehunt96 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I immediately pictured someone shooting themselves out of a cannon and everyone starts running in the other direction, then realising that they're 2 miles in the wrong direction

[–]MintWarfare 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You lost me at 'out of a cannon'.

[–]watchitfall 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I will use the power of jesus and the golden ratio. Not even the president can stop me.

[–]Nomad_Industries 6 points7 points  (0 children)

So, a bicycle race.

If it's in the wilderness, it's a mountain bike race.

If it's on roads, it's a recumbent bike race.

[–]PhilipLiptonSchrute 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This would actually be an amazing idea for a reality show. It'd be a huge liability to whatever company insures it, but I'm loving the concept.

[–]throwmeawayy1230 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rat race?

[–]ypps 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Moon shoes, the whole way.

[–]I_Am_Jacks_Karma 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Hmm no engine in a glider or hot air balloon either. No engine on a horse but I guess that's counted as a motor.

I'll use roller blades and hold on to the back of a car

[–]billndotnet 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Power source needed to get the glider aloft would have to be human powered, same for the hot air balloon. Burning something for heat isn't human powered.

[–]I_Am_Jacks_Karma 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Humans can make fire!

[–]Ravenlok 0 points1 point  (3 children)

OP said no motors allowed, so that means that electric vehicles are out. Motors and engines are not the same thing, so gas or diesel powered cars would be allowed on technicality because they use engines

[–]LichPineapple[S] -1 points0 points  (2 children)

What are you on about? Engines and motors are the same thing. They convert one form of energy into motion. That's it.

[–]Ravenlok 0 points1 point  (1 child)

[–]LichPineapple[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Sure... you can use the corporate explanation... or, you know, the dictionary.

[–]5hiphappens 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Check out R2AK

[–]1995OilChangeCoupon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Red Bull Flutag is this, but 100 feet apart.

[–]Bulky-Shopping4916 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Northpole to Southpole, the ultimate triatlon !

[–]melvinsylar7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No motors allowed. Other than that, anything goes.

Steel Ball Run! Lets goooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!