Pogo Stick Marathon – Morocco – 5

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.


There have been considerable improvements in the construction of pogo sticks in recent years, which has meant that the winning time for the race has come down by nearly thirty minutes since 1970. The record time is now 5 hours 18 minutes, set by Henry Morganeau in 2012, his third victory in the race. He celebrated by jumping 10 feet on his stick and clearing the banner at the finishing line. Of the 782 entrants in 2013, all but five finished the race, showing how fitness levels have improved.

Kevin Duffner has seen every race since 1970 and is amazed at how fitness levels have improved and how professional every racer is. “It shows how the race has changed; in this year’s race not one person was smoking weed before, during, or after the race. In 1970 everyone was on the wacky baccy during the race and I miss that, the smell as you head towards the Atlantic – it used to keep me going.” The winning trophy, the Duffner Cup, is named in Kevin’s honour.

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