Announcing the Tarsnake Award from We Run and Ride

Tarsnake.AwardArriving home late last night, I was surprised to find an interesting item on my doorstep. It was a real, live tarsnake. Attached to the tarsnake was a baggie with a note inside. It said,


From: Anonymous.

We-are-anonymousNot, it’s not THAT Anonymous. That would be scary as shit. Instead, this is an Anonymous who obviously reads this blog. Who understands that tarsnakes really ARE out to take over the world, or at least knock you off your bike. Or trip you up while you’re running.

In case you’ve never wandered over to take a look at the Tarsnakes page on this site, here’s a description of their function in this strange little world we’ve created.

Tarsnakes also have metaphysical qualities. A tarsnake can be any thought or other phenomena that serves to trip you up along the way, cause you to swerve or crash, or just force you to take additional notice of the world.

Thus they are not all bad, but are instead the yin and yang of the road. You might want to consider them a tool for awareness. A brand of consciousness. The random reality of existing in the moment.

So, given the significance of tarsnakes, I am going to honor this gesture of insight on the part of my friend Anonymous. Because I think it’s pretty cool that they went to the trouble of picking up this big tarsnake and actually delivered it to my door.

Heap of TarsnakesBecause honestly, I have collected a few tarsnakes myself recently. The photo at right shows a 30-footer I gleaned from the street where I live. Looks pretty harmless all curled up like that, doesn’t it? Don’t be deceived. These things can kill you. Or at least wake you up a little.

See, I’m in the process of producing a book titled A Field Guide to Tarsnakes. It’s both funny and philosophical.

I also have designed a cycling jersey and tee shirt based on the theme RUN OVER THE TARSNAKES. I’ll reveal that design next week, and you can order one if you like.

As for the Tarsnake Award, I’m going to set this up as a package that can be awarded and redistributed At Will by those who receive it. I’ll only ask that folks who receive it submit the recipients name and location so that we can track where this award goes.

enano2Let us all hope it travels around the world like the peripatetic gnome in the movie Amelie, and let’s see who deserves recognition for Running Over the Tarsnakes with the best of them.

The first winner will be announced next week.

And thanks, Anonymous, for always being there when one least expects it.


About Christopher Cudworth

Christopher Cudworth is a content producer, writer and blogger with more than 25 years’ experience in B2B and B2C marketing, journalism, public relations and social media. Connect with Christopher on Twitter: @genesisfix07 and blogs at, and Online portfolio:
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