Weird Sports – Doughman Challenge

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I have to admit that I saw this on TV and it looked so interesting, that I thought it would be a good idea for the next sport.

So here it is, the Doughman Challenge.

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Doughman Challange is in its sixth year this year and raises funds for the local production of food. This year they are supporting a project launched by local public schools; the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm.

The Race is essentially a four person relay involving both eating and the consumption of food. The challenge is broken into Eating/Athletic, Eating/Swim, Eating/Bike and Eating/Sprint at the end.

Teams can include one vegetarian and one vegan, for those who live an alternative life style. In a similar way to Chess boxing, this is an amalgamation of two sporting events to create a doughathalon.

The rules for the event include; the number of players per team must be four people aged 18 or older, the team supplies its own bike for that leg of the race, riders must wear a safety helmet (or skid lid as they are more commonly known), vomiting is frowned upon and may lead to penalties even disqualification and of course costumes are encouraged.

A quite interesting video following one team’s experience of the race, can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXzUbSvboMU

Surprisingly this is yet another sport that I appear to have some experience of.

Difficult to believe I know, but there are some morning when I am running late and I end up shoveling a small amount of breakfast down my mouth and leaving the house. That covers the eating part of the challenge.

The next part of the challenge comes when I see that the bus to work is already at the stop waiting. This is the race part.

I would like to say that it is a race that I have won every time I have competed, unfortunately I cannot. Based on this, I seriously doubt that I would be much use competing in this years (or any years) Doughman Challenge.

Just in case anyone was wondering, yes I was watching Man Vs Food on Dave!

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