Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,181 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Robert Redford Tells College Graduates: 'Don't Be Afraid to Take a Risk' in a 'Rough' World
- Read the Cover Story – Tess Holliday: The World's First Size 22 Supermodel!
- Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid Take Their Monaco Vacation Aboard a Yacht
- Son of A Beautiful Mind Mathematician John Nash Remembers His Father as a 'Very Special and Unique Person'
- Art Garfunkel: Being Kind to Paul Simon 'Created a Monster'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- September 16, 1991
- Vol. 36
- No. 10
The Short Fat Guys Race Is An Earth-Shaking Event
Of course Fraser, 5'6" and a self-professed "97-lb. weakling times three," wasn't at the recent world track-and-field championships in Tokyo. Fraser, 69, a retired denturist, joined some 60 other contestants in the Short Fat Guys Road Race at the Crooked River Ranch in Terrebonne, Oreg., not far from Redmond.
This was the state's filth annual race that makes a mockery of jockery. To qualify, each contestant's waistline measurement had to exceed his or her inseam by 4½ inches. While racers were required to start and finish on their own two feet, most of them chose not to actually run the full one-mile downhill course. Instead they made their way on horses, lawn mowers, hospital gurneys and flatbed trailers equipped with lawn chairs and beer. And everyone who finished was declared a winner—eligible for the grand prize of a beer and a Twinkie.
Some of the entrants had their own training regimens. Fraser says that his was "to go back and forth between Wendy's and McDonald's." Bob Halvorsen and his son-in-law, Steve Walsh, actually worked out. "We played a round of golf," says Walsh.
And when it was all over, there was none of this trumpeting of national anthems or presenting of medals. Instead there was Don Fraser and other athletes, like 255-lb. Hank Kawa, savoring the moment in the Sandbagger Saloon, whose owners sponsor the race. "This is great," said Kawa. "The beer is cold and the Twinkie is fresh."
You can bet Carl Lewis never had it so good.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!