“Skirt Chasers” 5K Race: The Misery Of Speed Dating With The Terror Of Being Hunted
10:30 am, June 22nd | by Amy Tennery
The Skirt Chaser, held this Saturday at Mile High stadium actually seems sort of cool, on its surface — you get to run around the Denver Broncos Stadium, which is neat, if you’re a Broncos-inclined person. It’s just, well, the details of the race are, perhaps, a little unsavory. From the race website:
Women start first (wearing Skirt Sports!). 3 minutes later, the Chaser wave [the men] follows. If you’re single and looking’ for love, wear a flirty singles sticker — you just may get lucky!
Holy sh*t, gals, run for your damned life because a pack of single men is chasing you across a football field! What fun.
An event description from another Skirt Chaser event in Tempe, Arizona earlier this year paints an even more vivid picture:
Once the men FINALLY start the chase is really on! What happens next is just over 3 miles of anticipation: Will the gals be caught? Will the guys get the thrill of not only the chase but also the win?
Because nothing motivates you to hit your personal best quite like a pack of sweaty, sprinting men trying to “catch” you. No, really, nothing can motivate you quite like that.
On a more serious note, as the folks at Shakesville argued, the race feels like “a terrifying reenactment of street harassment and the threat of sexual assault or rape.” And I’m inclined to agree with them.
Image of runners via Shutterstock.