Pogo Stick Marathon – Morocco – 2

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.


The pogo stickers sent out word that the first world championship of pogo stick racing would take place on April 6th, 1970 from Ounagha, down to the coast at Essaouira. Around 200 competitors duly arrived for the event and were transported to the start of the race in camper vans. At 7am the starter shouted “Yeah, you can start now, if you want” and the contestants headed towards the coast at a speed of roughly 2.5 miles per hour.

Ahead of the racers a VW van crawled along the road looking out for stray sheep or donkeys and making sure they didn’t interfere with the race. Interested Moroccan bystanders watched the progress of the racers with some incredulity but didn’t get in anyone’s way. Another VW van brought up the rear and acted as a drinks van and ambulance for those who couldn’t continue. A dozen volunteers also walked along by the side of the racers and gave them drinks if they were thirsty.

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