I found a link yesterday to a race that's held near me every month. It's called a prediction race. The idea is the entry fee is all put into a pool, and the winner gets half and half goes to charity.
How do they judge the winner?
You tell them how fast you will run/walk the distance (it's 3K). Then the difference between your real time and your stated time is your SCORE. The lowest score wins.
Sounds easy, so what's the catch?
There's no watches, clocks, or timing devices allowed on the course. You've got to be right on! Plus no traffic cops and lots of lights.
Here's a link to it. There's no official timer apparently, and you have to tell the time keeper your time after you finish!
No timer means no HR and stats ... that's the best part of running! :) I don't think I'll be doing this one too soon. As I haven't been training to run a certain pace without my watch, plus I like to speed up and slow down as the body says it can. But I bet Chris K would be awesome in one of these races.
On the books today is an 8-miler in the 11:35-12:24 pace range. I hope you all have a good weekend!