Want To Take Part In The San Francisco 420 Games?

By Alyssa Pereira

If your first thought after smoking a bowl (legally, that is) is, “Yeah, I feel like going for a run right now,” then put down those Doritos and pay attention because this news is just for you.

Jim McAlpine is a one-man army bent on dispelling the visage of the prototypical stoner as a lazy, snack food-munching, red-eyed laggard. To do so, he has started the 420 Games, where blazed participants will show off their hidden athletic prowess in activities ranging from a fun run to a bike race and more.

“I believe very strongly that there is a huge problem with public perception of marijuana users,” says McAlpine of the purpose of the games. “Even as it becomes legal. I knew it would be a big step to take on this new venture, but it is 100 percent for a cause I believe in, so that makes it all a lot easier to get up and put the hours in.”

McAlpine, a veteran entrepreneur who used to run a ski pass company, has started a 501c3 nonprofit called the PRIME Foundation, which will act as an educational source for youth and adults about the responsible benefits of weed and hemp and about the perils of marijuana addiction.

However, the games won’t encourage everyone to use marijuana. As a matter of fact, you won’t even be able to smoke at the games. “Our events are NOT ‘smoke ins’,” the site says. “If you choose to use marijuana before, during or after our events, please make sure to do so discretely, legally and respectfully.”

Each event costs $60 to participate, though at least the first event, a 5K fun run through Golden Gate Park includes Lagunitas beer, entertainment by the all-female Led Zeppelin cover band Zeparella, and a commemorative shirt. If running isn’t your thing, you can also register for a little less and watch the band sweat-free. Tickets here.

Here are the events:

SF – Golden Gate Park Bandshell – Sept 13 (5K fun run/walk)
San Jose – TBA (5K/10K fun run/walk)
Walnut Creek – TBA (Mt Bike course)
Marin – TBA (Road Bike course)
Santa Rose – TBA (5k/10k fun run/walk)
Sacramento – TBA (Marijuana Olympics Challenge)

(via the SF Bay Guardian)


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