New Bog Snorkelling Record (And Other Strange World Events)

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on September 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Bog snorkelling: a sporting event that consists of competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60-yard (55 m) water filled trench cut through a peat bog, in the shortest time possible. Competitors must wear snorkels and flippers, and complete the course without using conventional swimming strokes, relying on flipper power alone.

The “sport” — conceived in Wales in 1976 with its first World Championship in 1985 — has a new world record holder. Dan Morgan is awaiting official results to confirm that, with a time of one minute and 30.06 seconds, he beat the old record of one minute and 38.15 seconds. According to the article at The Telegraph, this year was set to be a record-breaking one, given that the bog was recently cleaned of debris — including discarded flippers and snorkels — and silt, making the course easier to navigate.

There are lots of other strange events happening around the world. Finland alone has at least five interesting ones including:

And if you’re looking for a few more bizarre events, check out our listings on some of the craziest, most dangerous, and dumbest competitions and events around the world, including the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon, the Fireball Throwing Festival, the Summer Redneck Games, and, my personal fave, the Rock Paper Scissors Championships.

For the record, I’m 2-0 in my most recent Rock Paper Scissors match. Perhaps it’s time to sign up.

[Image: la vaca vegetariana / Flickr]

Tags: Bog Snorkelling, championships, Wales

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