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Thursday, September 22, 2011

VIP Port-a-Potties? Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Has Big Perk for Big Spenders

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Now you can shit in style at the Solutia Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Marathon! All it takes is an extra hundred bucks or so to be allowed to pinch your pre-race loafs into a classy commode and feel superior to the regular schlubs slumming it in plain old Port-a-Potties.

Seriously. There's going to be a VIP toilet section at the race's starting line on October 23, staffed by volunteers who'll be checking credentials to make sure only those who've paid extra get to use them.

The royal crappers are bigger than the ones designated for the hoi polloi, in addition to being climate-controlled and having running water. VIP users should also expect unspecified "Run Happy" surprises in the stalls -- though we question the wisdom of including "surprises" in temporary toilets, no matter how "happy" they are.

"They're fun," Dan Cruz, spokesman for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, tells Daily RFT. "It's one way the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon makes running fun. We like to have a good time."

Sounds like a gas, Dan.

The special thrones are only at the starting line. After that -- when you'll really need 'em, after running ten or twenty miles or so -- there will be regular old Port-a-Potties every two miles or so along the course.

To get your special race-bib sticker that allows you access to the primo amenities, you have to spend $100 at a participating store on Brooks or Moving Comfort apparel or shoes, or go to the Health & Fitness Expo Presented by Power Balance (you have to go there anyway to pick up your race number) and drop $150 on race merch or Brooks or Moving Comfort stuff.

Cruz had another hot tip for us: The race is going to sell out, and soon. He tells us that close to 20,000 runners have signed up for the marathon and half-marathon, which starts downtown and features bands at every mile, including Sugar Ray at the finish line. They haven't determined exactly what the cap on runners will be, but he says they're getting close.

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