Unusual Sports (Part II)

Wheelbarrow Racing

In Kenya, there is a race named “To Hell’s Gate on a Wheelbarrow”, which is nicknamed after the national park that holds the race course. Funds raised from this event go to conservation endeavors for the park.

Unicycle Hockey

Unicycle Hockey

This one’s as self-explanatory as underwater football, since unicycle hockey is really nothing more than hockey on unicycles, as dangerous and crazy as that sounds. Each team has five players who are obliged to have both feet on their unicycle at all times.

Wife Carrying

While this game sounds like it could be a race held in a small European town, this game enjoys universal appeal. The event has its origins in Finland where local women were frequently abducted. The World Wife Carrying World Championship has groups competing from Germany, Great Britain, Estonia, US, Ireland, and Australia. The US team is very competitive: participants must win their state championship to be eligible for the global championship.

Extreme Ironing

Here’s one that’s really crazy. Extreme ironing is a sort of extreme sport where folks take clothes and ironing boards to dangerous or remote locations to do ironing. According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is “today’s danger sport that unites the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed top.”

Giant Pumpkin Kayaking

Giant Pumpkin Kayaking

If you’re weary of using a kayak to go kayaking, then why not give this peculiar sport a try? The most famous giant pumpkin race by far takes place every year on Nova Scotia’s Lake Pesaquid. The race is about half a mile long, and contestants usually decorate their pumpkins in a flamboyant way.

Underwater Football

Underwater football is essentially American football that’s played in a swimming pool. Players have to wear snorkeling equipment and are tasked with moving the weighted football to the gutter on the other side of the pool.