So speaking of competitive events, I wasn't quite as concerned when I first read about the upcoming Tomato Dodge. Inspired by the famous La Tomatina festival in Spain, the first annual Nashville Tomato Dodge cobines a 5K fun run/walk around the Tennessee State Fairgrounds with a massive food fight. In fact, the website specifically notes that the tomatoes they use are past their prime and have already been marked as "throwaways." Already bruised and soft, these tomatoes are parboiled and cooled to make sure that they are soft enough for slinging without causing too much damage to the participants.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, runners will slog their way through a tomato pit filled with lycopene slurry while periodically grabbing a soft orb to chunk at their fellow participants. There will also be designated ambush zones where folks who aren't running will get to take part in the action. Waves of runners will take off every 15 minutes starting at 9 a.m. so the targets don't clump together and so runners can also be throwers if they choose.
Registration includes a T-shirt, sweatband and decal. Which is a good thing, because I imagine you'll need a new shirt after the fun is over.