Friends,

It’s been just over a week since Run Free 2013. Hopefully everyone is starting to recover from what was easily the most intense Saturday of their life.

As a part of our review process we’ve been pulling together some stats, stories, and fun facts from the race, when someone said, “We should share these on the blog!”

So that’s what we’re doing.

Below, in no particular order, you will find some stats, stories, and fun facts. Enjoy!

 

1. When all was said & done (Due to the nature of the race, much more was said than done), we ended up with 1088 runners from 24 countries, 43 states, and the District of Columbia. Wow!

2. Over 1100 pictures were posted, and those are only the ones we know about (We’re finding that a lot of people posted to flickr, forgot to use hashtags, or otherwise put pictures in hard-to-find places. We’re finding new pictures every day).

3. Runners took pictures in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Salt Lake City Olympic Stadium, Fake Mount Rushmore, and the surface of the moon (those last two may have been photoshopped).
Photo Credit: @razerblade

Photo Credit: @razerblade

 

Photo Credit: Cheryl Prax

Photo Credit: Cheryl Prax

 

 

Photo Credit: Sebastian Petit

Photo Credit: Erik HansenPhoto Credit: Erik Hansen

Photo Credit: Therese Horn

Photo Credit: Therese Horn

 

Photo Credit: Gordy King

Photo Credit: Gordy King

 

Photo Credit: @RunFreeOrDieHard

Photo Credit: @RunFreeOrDieHard

 

Photo Credit: Andrew Horng

Photo Credit: Andrew Horng

4. People completed the race on foot, on snowshoes, on bikes, on scooters, and even in a wheelbarrow. One guy ran it naked (we left that picture out to prevent scarring you for life).

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Photo Credit: Keturah Pence

Photo Credit: Keturah Pence

5. Nine dogs, one cat, a horse, and a velociraptor competed. A turtle, a lizard, and several additional dogs cheered on the runners but did not participate in the race.
Photo Credit: John Cardin

Photo Credit: John Cardin

Photo Credit: @magnetcat

Photo Credit: @magnetcat

Photo Credit: Lynn Kohlman Scheele

Photo Credit: Lynn Kohlman Scheele

Photo Credit: Jonathan MohrPhoto Credit: Jonathan Mohr

6. Aid stations were set up with water, coffee, beer, wine, candy, bacon, peas, bananas, and donuts.
Photo Credit: Brent Heintz

Photo Credit: Brent Heintz

Photo Credit: @johnerikthinks

Photo Credit: @johnerikthinks

Photo Credit: @inoracamPhoto Credit: @inoracam

7. We were featured in the New York Observer and the print edition of Runner’s World.
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8. The race took place in snow, sun, and rain. It ran through mountains, fields, beaches, neighborhoods, and inside a shopping mall.

Photo credit: Jason Kotecki

Photo credit: Jason Kotecki

Photo Credit: Kathrin Liebmann

Photo Credit: Kathrin Liebmann

 

9. One of our runners (Elizabeth Korun), wrote this on our facebook wall:  “just wanted to say Thank You… for not only imagining such a great event, but also for inspiring me to sign up for my first actual full marathon later this fall. You are changing lives through your ridiculousness! :)” Pretty cool!
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10. One couple wore a wedding dress and tux to the race! We can’t tell if they really got married or if they just staged a picture, but that just makes the whole thing even better since the whole race was about not being able to tell if something’s real or not!
Photo Credit: @bUZZladies

Photo Credit: @bUZZladies

What were your favorite moments from the race? Leave them in the comments!

P.S. We’re launching our next ridiculo.us project in just a few hours! The project launches at midnight, but you can check out the preview link here. Could you help us get the word out?

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