Odd event names champion
By Steve Samek
Speed matters. From the fastest cars to the fastest athletes. People want information sent to them as fast as possible. We have rush delivery for those that can’t wait for items from online stores.
Animals are the same way. We celebrate the fastest horse, or greyhound. Cheetahs are known for their speed trait. The fastest animals survive and the slow are mocked
Though this next event is very much in the spirit of the old tale the Tortoise and the Hare. With both a bit of the tortoise and hare inside them. The nation where the event takes place is England. The animal competing is the is the sail. It’s the world championships of snail racing.
This has apparently been going on for at least 9 years. There is archived result from this event dating back to 2008. http://www.snailracing.net/. Though according to this post, it has been going on for 50 years. http://nypost.com/2017/07/17/larry-the-snail-wins-world-snail-racing-championships/.
For the contest, the snails go around an oval track about 13 inches long. Crossing the finish line first was Larry in a speedy two minutes and 47 seconds. In case you’re wondering the that’s 47 seconds behind the all-time record for sails set in 1996 by Archie. Now that is some speed. http://nypost.com/2017/07/17/larry-the-snail-wins-world-snail-racing-championships/.
View Larry’s slug to victory here. http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=20091137. The trophy is looks like a watering can filled with lettuce. Larry is a world champion and should enjoy the trophy. Look for the movie in 2025. Conversely you could just watch Turbo. Either way plenty of ways to get your fix for slow and slow winning the race.