BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT MAN TRIATHLON
Most of the time, when you find yourself running after midnight, you’re fuelled by alcohol or being chased by something. For the entrants in the Midnight Man Triathlon, though, the goal is to compete in an incredible race.
Midnight Man can be called the triathlon that happened by accident. In 2011 race organizers tried to get the local authorities to shut down the roads on a Sunday in Dartford, U.K., a town which borders London, so they could have a triathlon. Authorities said no because traffic is too busy on a Sunday. “The man from the council said, as a joke, ‘You can have the roads overnight,’” recalls race organizer John Setford. “I left the meeting feeling very disappointed, but then it came to me, ‘Why not hold the race over night?’ So the Midnight Man was born.” In the first year the race had 167 entries. Now, six years later, the Midnight Man caps out at 250. This year’s race takes place on Aug. 13 and 14. Setford is quick to point out the incredible enthusiasm people have for this event – it’s filled the last two years.