The Few, The Proud, The Bonkers
What is a streaker? It’s someone willing to sacrifice their time, money and (quite likely) personal relationships to attend every Brazen Racing event in a calendar year.
We do not recommend people try to streak if it is going to cause them any amount of stress or anxiety. We believe that the beauty of running and, especially running in Brazen Racing events, is the happiness and sense of community it brings.
It makes no sense to us that someone should be stressed out about not being able to make it to a race! It also creates vicarious stress for us!
In short, we want you to be happy and we want to be happy, so if attempting to streak is making you unhappy, don't do it!
How It Started
Near the end of 2010, we noticed that three people had registered for all 15 of our races that year. We thought that was pretty impressive and wanted to acknowledge their achievement.
We made up some shadow boxes with the medals of all races they ran that year and a small plaque. These were presented at the last race of the year.
By the end of 2011, despite adding several races to the calendar, we found that even more people managed to "streak". We decided to give them their own unique "streaker number" that would forever be theirs, along with a shirt that would only be available to streakers (and that included their number).
2012 saw even more streakers, as did the coming years.
We keep adding races and making it more difficult to streak, but people keep doing it anyway!
We no longer present the shadow boxes to streakers (this became financially impossible as the number of streakers each year swelled), but those successfully completing a streak continue to be acknowledged for their die-hard race attendance and they continue to receive their "streaker number" that is forever theirs.
- The first rule of streaking is doing it on your own and never asking the race organizers to make special exceptions or accommodations due to your unique situation and circumstances. Potential streakers must not demand, beg, plead, request or otherwise attempt to influence the race director or others to change the rules for them. Requests for special accommodations will be either be outright declined or (more likely) ignored.
- There are no guarantees of any "streaking program" or awards at all and Brazen Racing reserves the right to alter or cancel it without notice. This includes the addition of any number of new races added to the calendar "out of the blue", previously unannounced and unexpected. Even if said additional race(s) create a heartbreaking conflict with a potential streaker's schedule. Please see the disclaimer above. We cannot be responsible for broken hearts.
- To qualify as a streaker, the runner must participate, in person, at every Brazen Racing event during a calendar year.
- Paying registration fees, but not actually participating at the race, will not qualify one as a streaker.
- While streakers are usually runners, injuries happen and volunteers are also very important, so volunteering a full shift counts as participation.
- Spectating at a race does not count as participation -- only running or volunteering.
- Nobody else can run with another person's bib in order to achieve a streak.
- Remote racing does not count as part of streaking.
- Runners can participate in any race distance available.
- Dropping out of a race does not disqualify one as a streaker. We do not want anyone carrying on with a race when the safe thing to do is drop out.
What If The Race Is Too Tough For Me?
Some races, like the Double Dipsea, may prove to be too extreme for a potential streaker’s fitness. Usually there will be an “early start” option to give extra time, but even with that, we do not want anyone pushing themselves in an unsafe manner for the sake of a streak.
This leaves potential streakers with three options:
- Train for and run the race.
- Volunteer at the race.
- Start the race and do your best!
Not every runner who starts is going to make it to the finish. If necessary, runners can often go as far as they can and then drop out at an aid station or turn around and return to the finish and inform timing of the drop-out.
Those who plan to start, but know they will probably not be able to make it the full distance, should inform the race director as early as possible.