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On the Light Side

November 10, 1986

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (AP) _ The runners did more than grab a drink on the run, they stopped halfway for beer, Twinkies, cigarettes and candy bars.

Thirty cheeky athletes in this Syracuse suburb pronounced ‘skinny-atlas’ took part Sunday in the 3.1-mile, Fifth Annual Short Fat Guys Roadrace, for contestants with waists at least 4 1/2 inches longer than their inseams.

Organizer Dick Perry said it was all just for fun and the motivation for the exertion is a celebration at a bar after the race.

One participant, Mike Carfagano of Syracuse said: ″Everytime you turn around you see bodybuilders and skinny people on TV. But this is a real representation what America is and we’re proud of who we are.″


CLEVELAND (AP) - It could be marketed as old ice for aged whiskies.

The 11 Cleveland-area stores of the Heinen’s chain are selling 10 tons of glacial ice up to 100,000 years old for $1.99 per two-pound box, with proceeds to benefit the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

The museum expects to receive about $20,000 from the sale of the ice, which was imported after being chipped off a glacier in Greenland, officials said.

Because pollution did not exist when the ice froze, ″it’s probably very pure,″ said Heinen’s vice president Jeffrey Heinen. The ice melts very slowly because it has been slowly compressed for thousands of years, and it produces a mild form of carbonation as air is released, he said.

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