Running with a foam cheeseburger around your waist is hard enough. Then come the catcalls.
"I got 'Nice buns!' and I got 'Where's the beef?'" explained John Koss, the 28-year-old Boston resident, who endured that and more R-rated banter thanks to a gigantic cheeseburger -- complete with lettuce, tomato, and onions -- strapped to his waist as he trekked the 113th Boston Marathon in 4 hours, 34 minutes, 29 seconds Monday.
"In a year like this, when donations were hard to come by, we looked for everything and B.Good was good enough to work with us," said Koss. "The challenge to me was to actually finish in this."
Running his second Boston Marathon was decidedly more difficult than the first (which he ran sans beef). The burger tutu didn't exactly weight him down, but it proved to be quite bulky, particularly in crowds.
Racers and supporters had a good time with Koss, who enjoyed the supports (and jabs) from the crowd.
"The kids, that's the best part, the kids' faces," said Koss. "I don't know if they have it any more but, Mayor McCheese, (I'm) kind of like the life-sized version of Mayor McCheese."
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes