Last weekend, Improv Toronto—the volunteer prank team that brought us such hits as Subway Dance Party, Dinosaur Protest, and Where’s Waldo in the Eaton Centre—set out to bring the glamour and spirit of the finish line to downtown Toronto. Taking to the streets, twenty pranksters armed with noisemakers staked out intersections, Dundas Square, and even City Hall with a fake finish line banner and tried to get bystanders to race. Although many were confused at first—some people thought they had accidentally gotten mixed up in a marathon—most eventually realized that the cheers were for them. Over the course of the day, hundreds of Torontonians gleefully raced each other to the finish line and everyone who ran was given a first place certificate for their effort. “This just made my day,” remarked one participant.
Improv Toronto has already planned their next event. On Saturday, January 10, 2009, dozens of pant-less individuals will descend on the TTC in the Second Annual No Pants! Subway Ride. To sign up check out their Facebook group.