Monday, July 20, 2009
Drinking on the Run: a Relic from the Marathon Boom
Here is a strange item from the running boom. I think I got this in the early 1980's at the Boston Marathon. I found it in a box of things I was cleaning out. It is a plastic straw that you wore around your neck during a marathon. It was supposed to make drinking from a cup easier and less messy while you were racing. I remember trying it out, but I don't remember how well it worked. I do recall it bouncing around my neck and constantly trying to keep the straw inside my singlet.
At least that it what the people at Adidas said it was for!
Here is a picture of Craig Virgin on his way to a 2nd place finish at the 1981 Boston Marathon wearing the same Adidas straw around his neck: