• Date:
    February 14, 2010

  • Hares:
    Dry Hole and Chris
  • Meet at: 
    Shuangjing Station, Exit B (Line 10)
    One stop South of Guomao

  • Type:
  • Time:
    1:30PM, Run Starts 2:00PM
  • Map to run start: 
    Permalink at mobilenative
  • History behind this day:
  • Saint Valentine was a priest, killed by the Roman Emperor Claudius in 270 AD for illegally performing marriages.  The emperor needed recruits for his army, and single men were valued for their willingness to fight over married men.  Valentine was killed for secretly maying young men, and death has symbolized romance and unrequited love ever since.

  • Why February 14th?  
    Many believe it was the intention of Pope Gelasius to declare February 14th “Valentines Day” in AD 498 as a means of `christianizing’ the pagan Lupercanalia festival which begins on Feb 15th.  Romans celebrated Lupercanalia by marching to the cave of Lupa (a she-wolf who raised Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome) sacrificing a goat (for agriculture) and a dog (for purification) to Faunus the Roman god of agriculture, and playfully slapping any virgins in the crowd with sliced strips of the goats skin.  One can imagine the pleasure the maidens felt at having the gods themselves blessing their bodies with soft strips of skin, thus ensuring their future child-bearing success.

“Please note we are running with “winter hours” so runs will begin at 2 pm and we hold the circle outside so bring warm clothes for after the run and remember that a frozen sexual appendage is not a good reason to move the circle inside!!! Frozen beer is the only decent excuse!!!