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Updated on October 3, 2011
Running Humorist Mike Antonucci
Some runners take their sport very seriously. Then there are those who take it, well, less seriously. Mike Antonucci is one of those people. And he is proud of it.
As the brains behind RunningIsFunny.com, Antonucci does what he can to find the most LOL-inducing stories every day. He created the site due to the plethora of uber-serious publications dedicated to running. “Let’s lighten up!” he exclaims on his “About Us” page. “Running is funny … and fun.”
Perhaps it has to do with all those endorphins floating around. We decided to ask Antonucci and find out.
Why is running so funny?
Have you seen the people out there? It’s the only thing you can do that makes your body feel great while you look ridiculous.
When is it not so funny?
When you have completed a marathon and there are 17,000 people in the line in front of you for a cup of lukewarm tomato soup—for which you would gladly sell your soul at that moment.
Do all runners have a sense of humor?
Runners as a group do have a better sense of humor than most amateur athletes. You never see someone show up for a round of golf in a rhino suit or play tennis while juggling.
Can you share with us your most funny running memory?
I once thought I could qualify for Boston. That’s pretty funny now that I remember it.
What about the most funny running video?
That’s like choosing your favorite child, but I like this TV ad called “The Day after the Marathon.”
Can you explain The Carnival of Running?
The Carnival of Running is a weekly compilation of humorous and odd running stories, races and blogs. Sometimes they share a single theme. I’ve had carnivals devoted entirely to Santa races and pancakes.
Is running and laughing at the same time advisable, or is it the same as laughing while drinking milk?
I would suggest Gallow-laughing, where you run for 3 minutes then laugh for 1.
What about the funniest type of running shoes? Does such a thing exist?
Well, I’ve written quite a bit about stiletto races, and I’m sure everyone thinks I’m going to say Vibram Five Fingers…. but funniest running shoe has to be the kind that look like hairy hobbit feet.
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