Monday, April 28, 2008

Race Awards The Mediocre

BALTIMORE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One wacky race has contestants vying to be mediocre.

Crazy contraptions will be traversing 18 miles of land, water, mud, and sand for the 10th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore this Saturday (May 3).

Among the more than 40 kinetic sculptures – artistically designed, human-powered all-terrain vehicles – that participate are a 15-foot pink poodle named FiFi, a blue wombat on a skateboard, and a huge, sparkly jazz hand followed by Bob Fosse-style musical theater dancers.

According to event spokesperson, Theresa Segreti, who goes by “Mother Theresa,” it’s not speed that wins the race.

She explains, “The sculptures can be very cumbersome, and the race goes for about eight hours. Instead, we reward for different efforts.”

Rather than crossing the finish line first, racers vie for funny awards like the Golden Dinosaur for the worst breakdown, Worst Honorable Mention for machines that were better in theory, or the Mediocre Award for finishing somewhere in the middle.

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