“Some people like to run for malaria, or whatever,” ‘athlete’ Ellen Freedman said. “I like to race for attention.”
For the past four months, Freedman has been tweeting daily about her training for the annual St. Paul 10K to Eradicate Malaria. She’s been checking into the gym on Foursquare, uploading Snapchat Stories of her runs, and taking selfies while she’s on the treadmill. These past few days, Freedman has been clearing space on her refrigerator for a certificate of completion.
Freedman is not alone in her lack of interest in the the cause. A poll of entrants after last year’s race found that most runners didn’t know what malaria is. 92% of entrants signed up just for the t-shirt.
The 10K race is expected to attract a big turn out. According to reports, Freedman just bought a new pair of Lululemon pants and her ass will look amazing.