Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon: A Soul Crushing Ordeal

Super Monkey!

Why Would You Even Sign Up?

The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon happens again this Sunday, but you don't want to know because it involves winged monkeys trying to eat you off the road while you race up and down the hills in Nashville's Percy Warner Park. Who in their right mind would sign up for this thing?!

Apparently lots of idiots. It sells out in minutes, and there's even a lottery to get in!

Rather than bore you with words, words that don't even want to be used to describe this poor race, I'll show you some truly sad plots that convey how slow these poor idiots run (read my StumpJump report if you need help interpreting the plots).

And if you seriously want to learn more, go here, here, here, or here.

Take all the finishing times, group them by number of times a runner has run, and show the difference each time. The red line is the mean.

What does this tell you? No matter how many times you run Monkey, you'll get slower. On average.

Monkeys Win!

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