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Friday Five: Creative Marathon Mile Markers

Posted Jan 29 2010 8:31am

Some marathons decorate mile markers with artwork, advertising or inspiring slogans. The Marine Corps Marathon even had “sign spinners.”

But race organizers are really missing out on an opportunity. Here are five things I’d like to see as marathon mile markers:

1) Wet bars.

2) Ice cream trucks.

3) Full-length mirrors.

4) Burma Shave-style progressive signs. Think of the possibilities. You could post a joke at Mile 14 and the punchline at Mile 15. You could post a trivia question at Mile 18 and the answer at Mile 19.

5) Strip poker. You could have a photo of fully clothed people at Mile 1, with photos of the same people in the same pose in subsequent miles, each time with one additional article of clothing removed.

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