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9 of the craziest races in the world

By: Josh Lew on May 7, 2015, 12:17 p.m.
Women competing in the Dirty Girl Mud Run, run through a mud pit and get soaked with a hose as they near the finish of the race

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Jogging enthusiasts don't have to go far to find a 5K to help them get in shape or to benefit a cause. But a few races have achieved cult status — and it's not because of the prize money. The races' claims to fame are unusual themes and the strange things that runners do while competing.

In some, runners dress up (or, in a few cases, get dirty, like in the Dirty Girl Mud Run featured here). Some require the participants to gorge themselves with food before starting, while others call for other, ill-advised practices. The one thing that all these offbeat events have in common is a sense of fun — the idea that simply participating and enjoying yourself is more far important than crossing the finish line first. Here are nine of the strangest (and funniest) races on Earth. (Text: Josh Lew)