California marijuana users run 4.2 miles
August 17, 2015
In attempt to prove that marijuana users are not lazy, lethargic stoners, cannabis advocates are holding a series of athletic events in California dubbed the 420 Games. [SF Gate]
The games kicked off Saturday in San Francisco with a 4.2-mile run. Participants included students, accountants, businessmen and housewives.
All runners wore the number 420 during the race. The race and after-party were smoke-free, but the winner walked away with $500 in credits for medical marijuana.
Jim McAlpine, a snowboard company executive who founded the event last year, said he wanted to show marijuana users are motivated, athletic members of society.
“People who use marijuana have been classified as dumb, lazy, stupid people and with this race we’re showing them we’re not what they say we are,” McAlpine said.
McAlpine said he takes edible cannabis because it helps him foucus. He also skis, rides mountain bikes and does long-distance open-water swimming.
The 420 Games will continue throughout the year. Events will include a golf tournament in San Jose, bike cruiser marathon in Orange County, stand-up paddle board racing competition in Lake Tahoe.
A marijuana legalization initiative is likely to appear on the California ballot in the November 2016 election.