So Nate officially signed up for the marathon, too! Now I have a partner in crime---let's just hope we don't kill each other in the process.

Upon further inspection of the application form online, he stumbled upon this mysterious category:

What the heck does that mean? Poor Nate does, in fact, qualify for the 'Clydesdale division' but I miss out on being an 'Athena' [I guess that's a good thing, but I don't know. Maybe it's some special honor?]

Of course my first mental image is Nate, morphed into one of the adorable Budweiser clydesdales, trotting along the marathon and neighing. Seriously, that is what I pictured.

Nate asks, "What the hell is this? Does this mean I'm obese? And deserve a special category for being too fat to run a marathon?" And I agree, it does seem a little sketchy. Is it some special honor to run a marathon if you are over 195 pounds?

And I personally don't think 195 for a guy and 145 for a girl is that much. We are tall people so we automatically weigh more than our miniature peers. Do they give out special medals to marathoners who aren't lightweights?

I leave you with the mental image of Nate morphing into a clydesdale during the race. With hooves and all:)


  1. Athena, at your service :)

    Good thing I'm not a runner. I really wouldn't want to be categorized that way!

  2. I know, right?

    Somewhat discriminatory if you ask me. And weird, too.

  3. That's absolutely absurd!

    There's obviously a big difference between a woman who is 5'2" and a woman who is 5'10"! Or a man who is 5'10" and a man who is 6'4"! But they're simply putting one weight on each?

    Really, what's the point of making such a category? Fat people/tall people/heavy people/muscular people unite?

    I'm so very confused.

  4. Yup, Erin. Just the weight is listed. I still don't understand what the heck it means. I was hoping YOU [as a past marathoner] could shed some light on this matter.

    But I'm 5'10" and Nate is 6'3" so you're right on there with your analogy :)

  5. Hahaha...that is hilarious! I guess Mike and I could be clydesdales! SO funny...I love it! Wait...where is this race??

  6. It's in Milwaukee on October 6. And now I'll stop commenting on my own post like crazy:)

  7. Julia-
    We have never met but I have been thinking about you..."How is Julia? I wonder what is new?" I am so sorry I have been lame with my comment posting; I have been busy! Thanks for stopping in to see me though and for leaving some love! ;) We are excited!! Congrats on the marathon running; that is so stinkin' awesome. I unfortunately will not be joining you any time soon. What else is new. I always love seeing the look of your blog; so hip and stylish!! Love love it. ;) Keep on runnin'- Kam

  8. i guess i'd totally be an Athena. . .in laymens!!

  9. That's the craziest thing I've ever heard. Like you said, those weights are not out of the ordinary. Plus, I would guess most marathon runners are pretty muscle-y, and since muscle weighs more than fat, it would only make sense they'd weigh more than an average Joe/Jane. I'm also very confused.

  10. Well, I guess I'm an Athena then too! I just love it how they have named these categories! I think they're obviously treading carefully by calling larger women Athena! You know, versus heffer or something else! Could you imagine the Clydesdale/Heffer category!

  11. Josh has competed in a triathlon before and he was in the Clydesdale division. Those weights aren't too hard to come by on some tall individuals.

  12. Hello J,
    Two words: WORK HORSE!!Ha,ha.I knew you would get a kick outta that.


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