Planes, trains, and automobiles aren’t the only ways to get around. Office chairs take it to the streets and bikes go down under in offbeat races around the world. Check out a few of our favorites, then fire up your Flugtag and enter one yourself…
Cardboard Boat Race Every year at the Waterfront Festival in Orilla, Ontario, participants make a dash for the finish line—before their boat disintegrates. Due to the ill-fated nature of the contest, prizes are awarded for different accomplishments including best-dressed crew and the “Titanic” award for most epic sink.
Dragon Boat Festival Canada takes to the water with Dragon Races, an ancient Chinese cultural tradition. Massive teams of 22 sweep the ornately appointed ships down the Ottawa River. And we’d much rather watch this than boring old Olympic rowing.
Idiotarod Inspired by the Iditarod Sled Dog Races in Alaska, the Idiotarod is a race in which five “idiots” tie themselves to a shopping cart and race through the streets of a major metropolis. Races vary between cities, but fabulous costumes and hellish sabotage are strongly encouraged across the board.
Wife Carrying Championships Signing up for The North American Wife Carrying Championships could leave you with a trophy—or divorce papers. Wives hold on tight through a 278-yard obstacle course including sand traps, log hurdles, and “The Widow Maker” water hazard. Proceed with caution.
Underwater Bike Race Beaufort, North Carolina is home to the annual Discovery Diving Underwater Bike Race. The race takes you into the depths to maneuver around Indra, a 320-foot landing ship/repair freighter that now acts as a man-made fish habitat.
National Flipper Race There is no better way to welcome summer than throwing on your swimmies and flippers and racing through Amsterdam. The Dutch celebrate sea season by flipping and flopping through Dam Square. Bikini-clad of course.
Office Chair Downhill Derby Soapbox Races get an adult makeover. San Clemente’s Annual “Disasters on Casters” invites you to modify a non-motorized office chair and engage in full-on downhill warfare. It’s essentially a high-speed drag race without the risk of jail time.
Waterless Boat Race Grab a mate and a shovel and get ready to dig your way to the finish line. Every year at The Henley-on-Todd Regatta in Australia, landlubbers race other sand ships to a buoy and back to take the trophy.
Silly Walk Competition Wicksteed Park in Kettering, England pays homage to Monty Python by hosting a Ministry of Silly Walks Competition called the “Wicksteed Wanderers.” Whoever completes the 10-meter course with the most ridiculous stride wins!
Red Bull Flugtag Wright Brothers, meet Jackass. The Red Bull Flugtag challenges teams in cities across the U.S. to craft and man their own flying machine. Distance beyond the Flugtag tarmac is the ultimate goal, but showmanship never hurts.
Bed Race Finally, a race you don’t have to get out of bed for. Battle across Miami on your modified mattress (team-powered of course) in The Great Grove Bed Race. If you’re lucky, past Grand Marshall Vanilla Ice might even make an appearance. Sold!
Office chairs take it to the streets and bikes go down under in offbeat races around the world. Check out a few of our favorites, then fire up your Flugtag and enter one yourself…