One of the reasons why some people don’t subscribe to running more often is from the lack of entertainment while doing so. While there are many that disagree and love to run, there are others that would rather sit at home and play computer games. Why not make a game of the run? There is nothing that says that you and a friend can’t chase each other throughout the city.
Think of it as an adult form of tag where there are no boundaries. The entire experience could take most of the day and you could experience one of the most exhausting exercises you’ve ever had. Any number of people can be involved in the chase, and it could be quite exhilarating if there are five or more. How do you play this running game?
1. The Goal - You can add any kind of role-playing to the experience you want such as a fugitive running from the law, a courier getting a package to its mob destination and anything else that sounds engaging. My friends and I once did a chase where the goal was to catch the runner before he reached the pizza parlor on the other side of town – where we all sat down for a slice afterwards, coincidentally.
2. The Runner - One person is chosen as the runner. Essentially, his or her purpose is to avoid capture at all costs. Of course you want to make sure you’re not breaking any trespassing laws while running from the captors, but the runners can use any means necessary to reach the intended location as long as he or she is on foot. Some of our experiences when we were younger included shopping mall parking lots. However, this did arouse suspicion from guards and we’ve been stopped several times from law enforcement. Since no laws were being broken, the chase continued.
3. The Chasers - While the chase can still be fun for two players, the more chasers you have – the more intense the run becomes. The chasers don’t need to stick together and the objective is to catch the runner. Sounds simple enough? This depends on your runner. He or she could be quite evasive and good at blending in.
4. Starting the Run - Determine a location that is out of the way and cannot be reached by a straight run from your current position. We usually set locations that were diagonal across several streets on the other side of town. Next, randomly select the runner. We put everyone’s name into a hat and drew each time. Once a runner is selected, he or she has a 30 second head start.
5. End Game - The game is completed when the runner has reached the location or was caught by a chaser. At which time, text messages are sent to the other players informing victory or failure. In our case, the runner would either get a free lunch or dinner from the chasers if he or she won, or would have to pay for the one who caught him or her.
It’s a relatively simple game that anyone can play. While you want to practice safety precautions and steer clear of taking unsafe risks such as running through someone’s yard, anything could go in the chase. Just be sure you follow the laws of your area and don’t put yourself in jeopardy.
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