Friday, March 14, 2008


The CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) is a non-profit organization devoted to the 5 million runners in the Chicagoland area. Everyone in Chicago runs.


So much so that CARA has adopted a cute little word for runners they consider to be "heavy" or "larger": Clydesdale.
What's a Clydesdale, you ask? Basically it's a big horse, known for pulling heavy things. Isn't that uplifting? CARA calls large runners Clydesdales.

I'm betting none of the people who came up with this moniker weigh over 160lbs.
Are runners weighing under a certain weight given a nickname? Heck, no. They may as well just called us Rhinos. Rhinos run. So do Elephants. And Oxen. Hippos run when they are on land and hear a frightening sound. Is Clydesdale supposed to be more noble? And get this description from CARA: big athletes may never finish first in a race, but they are excellent athletes among their peers and deserve to be recognized for their efforts and accomplishments.

If I want to compete, I want to compete against everyone, not just "heavy" people. If I lose, its because someone was better than me -- just someone, not someone heavy.
I don't need to be given a nickname to make me feel better since "I may never finish first". I mean with a confidence boost like that, why should I even bother?

You want to compete? Come lift with me at the gym sometime. And then let's see what cute little name I can think up for you.


  1. Wow.. that is harsh for them to call bigger runners by that name. Hell I'm under 160 and I can't run for sh!t so I can't call anyone anything.

  2. AMEN! Clydesdales always were my favorite breed, so stride with pride! You are the most majestic!

  3. hi honey,
    get over yourself.
    your bf & member of CARA

  4. On Sunday mornings in Denver the gay runners group meets in front of our Starbucks. They're all named Kyle. Sometimes a slite breeze picks them all up and swirls them around.

  5. A commonly used name for female triathletes weighing ever so slightly higher than the median weight for athletes is 'Athena.' 200 lbs is the usual Clydesdale weight, but Athena can be as low as 150. crazy!

  6. *cough*
    Fat Girls at Prom come to mind.
    This is the equivalent of saying.
    "Your Beautiful on the Inside."

    As a man who is weighing in at a healthy 210 I can run. And in a sprint I'll leave the little tweerps in the dust.
    Cause not only can I sprint, but I fight dirty.
    "Sorry about that, looks like you tripped . . ."

  7. WTF?! why does everyone try to name a person after an animal? and an animal moniker that doesn't make sense? and who the hell needs that back handed compliment anyway? stupid...