Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.

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Vlad Tepes, who signed himself Dracula, was born in the Transylvanian town of Sighisoara in the winter of 1431. The Old Town with its cobbled streets and beautiful buildings is a magnet for tourists during the months of summer. However, on December 21st the town is inundated with visitors for the annual Dracula race that has been run since 1898 – the year after Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula was first published.

The race commemorates both the novel and what’s known about the life of Vlad Tepes. Contestants must dress in either a Dracula costume or an outfit that resembles the dress of a man of regal bearing from 15th-Century Romania. There are two elements to the race. The first is an individual time trial through the streets of Sighisoara and the second is a bike race from the town to Bran Castle. As long as a competitor has completed all the tasks correctly en route, the winner is the person with the lowest combined time from both races.