By Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network
A runner competes in a zombie-infested obstacle course. Olympic athletes in ancient Greece ran naked - except for competitors in the hoplitodromos, a race that required runners to don 50 pounds of armor, a helmet and a bronze-clad wooden shield. Running in the raw? Sprinting suited as soldiers? These scenarios may seem strange, but they're downright tame compared to many of the wacky races that take place today. Some of them are humorous, others dangerous - many end with alcohol! Whatever form they take, the races listed here get props for being some of the most bizarre footraces on the planet.
1. Le Marathon du Medoc: Pauillac, France
At Le Marathon du Medoc runners don't choose between water or Gatorade at hydration stations; instead they're asked, "red or white?" That's because this race dedicated to all things grape has runners (and staggerers) racing through 59 vineyards in the fairytale villages of the Medoc region. The course reads more like a wine list at Le Bernardin than a race