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by leandre on December 6, 2012 · 13 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

Chad won last week’s GIVEAWAY for free entry to our Marathon 101 training class, but he’s not interested in the class because he lives in Boston. So, we’re offering the spot up to the very first person to comment e-mail me ( and tell me they want it! (I’ll update this once it’s taken. 1:12 pm, it’s gone!) Read on for a chance to win free entry to our Marathon/Half-Marathon 201 class.

On a recent morning trail run, my running partner announced that she had to go.

Not go home, of course, but go.  As in go to the bathroom. Right then, no time to turn back, no time to seek out a public restroom.

As she emerged from the woods a few minutes later she said, “My mother would be appalled”.

“Frankly, anyone who isn’t a runner would probably be appalled,” I said.

Judging from the full page of articles and forum links that popped up when I Googled “running bathroom”, only one of which was unrelated to the need to go while on the run, the topic isn’t a new one. In fact, from the looks of it, lots of runners spend a LOT of time thinking about these things.

So here’s our question: where’s the strangest place you’ve used (or created) toilet facilities on a run? (We’d love to know…even if you don’t want in on the GIVEAWAY below.)

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This week we’re giving away one tuition-free enrollment in our Marathon/Half-Marathon 201 class!

If you’re no longer a full or half-marathoner virgin and are looking for some help to take you to the next level, Sam Davis’s class is for you. Sam has been running competitively for over 37 years. He has completed over 25 marathons and countless half-marathons, and is a USA Track & Field Certified Level 2 Endurance Coach. In other words…he knows what he’s talking about!

The class will take place on Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm in Burlington beginning January 28. The class runs for 9 weeks.

Registration for both classes will open in the next week or so.

To Enter:

Tell us about  the strangest place you’ve used (or created) toilet facilities on a run or your funniest “gotta go” experience.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the rules below. Thank you!

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, December 12; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, December 13.

The giveaway is CLOSED.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway using hashtags #rvt and/or #vcm and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 4 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)

The rules/fine print:
* We use to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize.  If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize.  If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dana McKeen December 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I was running the Tupelo 14.2 mile race (occurs with the Tupelo Marathon, awesome race) and around mile 11 I started desperately needing a bathroom. Too bad because I was really having the race of my life up until then!!! I had to keep slowing down and sometimes walking to calm the beast. (Never eating red beans and rice+ sausage + waffle fries w/ rotel dip the night before a race again… :P )

I made it through the finish line, took my medal and told the girl – “I HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM NOW!” and ran straight into the building to the bathroom.

I’m sure she really needed to know….

2 Dana McKeen December 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Follower of The Run Down!

3 Dana McKeen December 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Shared on facebook!

4 Mike December 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

It is difficult from now till spring to find leafy cover to hide behind on the longer runs. Hmmm since I won’t publish my last name like Dana did above. :-) A few years ago during the “first race” I squeezed in between some cedar trees just past the one mile marker…no one could see me..but some street spectators were probably guessing correctly what was going on inside those trees.

5 Holly December 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

While running on a quiet rural road , in the winter, on a snowy day, I assumed “the position” off to the side as much as possible. Suddenly, out of no where, around the corner, came a garbage truck! As you can imagine, I quickly shot up tugging on my running tights, not quite in time! I’m sure those guys had a lot to say about that route!
The most bizzare expierience was a hiking trip though, last Fall. 14, 000 some odd ft. 45mile and hour sustaned winds- snow covered ridge- yeah, never knew fluids could fly horizontally!

6 Amber December 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I must really want to win this marathon training if I will admit to this. sadly there have been more times then I would like to admit… the most embarising was when I was running on a dirt road and had been trying to hold it for too long when I finally couldn’t anymore and had to go ‘right now’, I moved over to the side of the road (still in clear sight), releived myself, and had just finished pulling my pants back up when a car came charging down the road… I’m sure they saw and knew exaclty what I had been up to…

7 Amber December 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I subscribed to the Run Down!!!!

8 Chad December 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Correction to the editor’s post above: I, Chad, did not state that I wasn’t interested in the marathon training course. In fact, I’m highly interested but since I live in Boston I’m physically unable to attend

KBVCM has more than a local following which is great for the community and it was unfortunate from a public relations standpoint that I couldn’t receive something of equal or lesser value such as a KBVCM training apparel that would also act as a marketing tool. Best Regards, Chad

9 Lesley December 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I’ve used poisen ivy leaves in place of toilet paper…twice. I didn’t learn the first time. Now I just drip dry.

10 Rick December 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

A couple of years ago my wife and I were driving from her Aunt’s home in Prescott, AZ to my best friend’s home in Santa Fe, NM. We decided to make the trip by travelling on back roads. That was a mistake because it turned out to be hour upon hour of nothing but road, scrub brush and an occasional home. We rarely saw any other sign of human life. After about 5 hours of driving and multiple beverages, we both were bursting our bladders. So, we stopped the car in the middle of the road, walked to the edge of the road and relieved ourselves! Our timing was good because just as we returned to our car, another car crested the hill and passed us!

11 crystal neskey December 7, 2012 at 6:30 am

I’ve had a few emergencies while running…always on the side of the road, as deep into the bushes I can find…so awful! My friend gave me a pocket sized roll of TP that I can run with the so I don’t have to rely on leaves, socks etc

12 Ashley December 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

In the yard of an abandoned church… that I realized was actually someone’s home only *after* peeing there.

13 Ashley December 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

I’m a follower of the rundown.

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