Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Tombstone Brings Town Together

FORT SUMNER, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Outlaw Billy The Kid’s tombstone is giving life to one small New Mexico town.

That’s because The Billy The Kid Tombstone Race is being held June 9 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and it involves contestants racing on a 100-yard course and hurdling obstacles, all while lugging an 80-pound recreation of the rebel’s gravestone.

It’s an event worth dying for – almost.

Take it from Melanie Ratliff, a coordinator of the tombstone track meet, who has never actually participated in the race herself.

She explains, “I’m not interested in hurting myself or having the whole community laugh at me.”

While runners face the occasional injury, the $2,500 prize money is a solid reward for the stone schlepping winner.

And according to Ratliff, there’s another benefit.

She says, “You get to watch the old farmers come out and try it. A lot of them can’t make it over the obstacles, and you get to laugh at them in their bib overalls.”

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