Andy's LunchBucket Running Blog
June 14, 2008: Runner Nicknames
I am not much into horse racing, but the recent "hubbub" about Big Brown and the Triple Crown got me thinking, "Why don't human runners have nicknames?" And of course the next question is, what would your nickname be?
It goes without saying that it would take some time for each individual to settle in on one nickname that suited his or her fancy and for others to get comfortable calling you by that nickname.
Just like many facets of life, nicknames would probably come and go. The uncomfortable conversations will arise when you change your nickname:
Friend: "How's 'Jazzy Jogger' today?"
You: "I changed my nickname. I'm now 'Slow Runnings'."
Friend: "Ohh...I didn't know you changed nicknames. (BLUSH) How's that going..."
Here's where it gets fun. There will be a place on race entries for you to put down your nickname, but it is optional. We want to ease people in. If you do put down a nickname, you automatically become eligle for spectators to place charitable wagers on you. Each participant with a nickname will have specific "odds" to win the race, based on past performance. You may find yourself 2000 to 1 to win the Garry Bjorklund half, but don't let that put a damper on your enthusiasm. Your "odds" may even become a conversation piece during the spaghetti dinner.
Chartiable wagers can be placed up until the gun fires and then all winnings are placed to designated charity in the winner's name.
Forseeable problems with this system so far are: 1. People fighting over the same nickname. 2. Finding several bored people to compile odds and collect wagers. 3. People spending money on the wager and getting nothing in return.
Well, until USA Track and Field adopts this idea, you will have to settle for your loved ones calling you by that special name while you run by them at your next race. Good Luck at Grandma's.