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Best Race Report Ever via The Oatmeal!

oatmealYou may know Matthew Inman as a cartoonist who writes sometimes scathing, sometimes geeky, and often hysterical comics over at the popular site The Oatmeal. What I didn’t realize until last night is that Inman is also a pretty adept runner.

I was searching for posts about ultramarathon shoes and came across a race report he wrote about running the White River 50 Mile Run. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard reading a race report, and the medal illustrations he received from readers are as good as the race report itself. I highly recommend heading over to The Oatmeal and checking it out!

Below is the winning reader illustration (by Happy Simpleton) and gives a good sense of the content of the race report.

About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.


  1. bob baks says:

    That dude is hilarious. I particularly like this entry: link to

  2. RichFrantz says:

    Too funny. I loved the additional “medals” too.

  3. Cody R. says:

    oh dude he runs? nice

    love the oatmeal 😀

    he has the best descriptions ever..and THAT’S where that oatmeal picture came from..and i mean one of the honorable mentions with the “majestic running shorts”

  4. dnorton says:

    you JUST saw this? I think he wrote his “race report” over a year ago. My favorite medal was the second one: “I didn’t shit myself and that’s what matters”

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