Running enthusiasts raced on Saturday in a 4.2-mile run, encompassed by an event denominated the “420 Games”, an event that wanted to point out that some marijuana smokers are not at all lazy and lethargic and that they don’t indulge in junk food.
The “420 Games” took place on Saturday, August 15th, at Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco. The aim of the games was to banish stereotypes of cannabis users via an athletic event.
The caption “420 Games” had been printed on the T-shirts of the multitude of participants, as a symbol of this social activity.
Regarding their occupation and daily endeavors, the participants ranged from students, businessmen, housewives, accountants and many others. It is estimated that more than 300 people participated at the “420 Games”, who had gathered from the Bay Area.
Founder of the last year’s event, and snowboard company executive, Jim McAlpine, said that they wanted to portray the marijuana users as what they actually are: athletic and motivated members of society. Instead of a stereotypical, negative display of an anti-social “stoner”, lazy, dumb, and stupid, they wanted to prove otherwise.
The number 420 points out the date April 20th, a day for fans to indulge in the euphoria caused by smoking marijuana and call for legal access to the drug, which is still prohibited in some US states.
McAlpine says he uses edible cannabis, as it helps him focus. He engages in sports like skiing, mountain biking and long distance open water swimming.
He continued by stating that with the potential legalization of pot in California in 2016, whereas the drug is aimed at medical use exclusively at the present time, it was high-time someone did something against misinformation and negative propaganda directed at marijuana.
Michelle Dunsing, a 45 year-old woman, said she used cannabis for recreational purposes for more than 20 years, and that she took part in the race to support her and the other participants’ lifestyle which was misunderstood by many. She said that while she enjoys using cannabis, that does not shadow her ability to be a productive member of society.
The participants must have had a lot of fun, as they enjoyed a reggae concert afterwards and were offered free beer by the sponsors, while the winner got rewarded with $500.
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