1Wiener Dog Racing
To make sure it stays sufficiently adorable, all participants must wear a chic hot dog costume, though they do get their choice of topping.
October 2013 was the Seventh Annual Hillshire-Farm's Running of the Wieners event. Over 100 contestants participated for the title of speediest wiener. No word on who the winning wiener was, but in my eyes, they're all winners if they look that adorable. (Source)
The 150-metre dash requires competitors to don wedding gowns and running shoes in a sprint through the Serbian capital.The winner and two runners-up receive numerous awards including the bridal dress they wore in the race. (Source 1 | Source 2)
3Fake Horse Race
Designed as a parody of the Grand National horse race held in Antree, the Pantomime Horse Grand National draws in thousands of people to the city center of Birmingham, all eager to watch the competitors and bet on the winner.
Contestants pay a 50 pound fee to enter the competition and slip into their plush horse costumes for a chance to win the grand prize, a bottle of champagne. You may think it's not much, but it really isn't about the winnings at all. All the money raised from entrance fees, sponsorships and betting on the sidelines goes to the Lord Mayor's charity funds. (Source)
The race comprises of one lap in the pool (with some running), a 10-mile bike, a 2.5-mile run, and finally, another, shorter 1.75-mile run to the finish line, not to mention eating a delicious food item at the beginning of each leg which could quickly turn the event into a puking disaster.
The Doughman Challenge raises money for local Durham charities and in its six-year history it has raised more than $100,000. Welcome to the real “hunger games.” (Source)
Glamour magazine hosts an annual stiletto race. Young women strap on their tallest heels (3.5″ minimum, to be exact), and run a 50 meter course in hopes of winning a $3,000 gift card. Most of the women taped their shoes to their feet, but that did not stop the barrage of trips, slips, and falls. (Source)
6Santa Speedo Run
8Lobster Crate Race
Highlights of the Festival include the crowning of the Maine Sea Goddess, cooking contests, and a lobster crate race, in which the goal is to walk across as many partially submerged lobster crates as possible before falling into the water; the record is 4,501 crates crossed by a 12-year old boy from Connecticut. (Source | Photo)
The Red Bull 400 is only 400 meters in length, and yet it just might be the toughest race of that distance in the world. The race takes place on the face of a vertical ski jump! It is so steep the runners have to crawl their way to the top! Competitors race up the side of a mountain in Planica, Slovenia in a grueling test of speed, strength and endurance. (Source 1 | Source 2)
The event is billed as training for when the real zombie apocalypse comes. During and after the race, people attend the Apocalypse Party which has live music, beer, food, vendors, and games. Costumes, team uniforms, and zombie make-up are highly encouraged at the event and add to the lighthearted atmosphere. (Source | Photo 1 | Photo 2)