GO!!! Rivals Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) face off this weekend in a hot, hot race. We're talking about the National Governors Association's 5K race Saturday, of course.
Both Vilsack and Huckabee (who will sport No. 2008 in the Little Rock Marathon) are seasoned marathon runners who should have no problem completing the three-plus miles in Washington, D.C. this Saturday. It's part of Huckabee's "Healthy America" initiative during his tenure as the NGA chairman.
But there are some dark horses to consider, depending on which govs show up for the event.
Of course, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) once headed the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Now maybe his fans can see if he holds up in a chase scene as well in person as he does on film.
And then there's the sleeper Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, he of Daily Show fame, who's had a long-running love for jogging. Blagojevich took part in a southern Illinois relay race last year, but he demurred when organizers of a race in the Quad Cities (two of the cities are in Illinois, two are in Iowa) suggested that the two Democrats run in a half-marathon there. Will Blagojevich show up in Washington? Or will he let the pack pass him by?
And there's always Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) who's biggest sports coup came when he chaired the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Don't know if he can compete in a 5K, but it seems like he might be interested in a race for first place in Washington. Of course, he'll have plenty of competition.
UPDATE: Only six governors ran, and no times were kept. Rats! Of all the guvs I mentioned, only Huckabee showed up. Granted, it was very early and pretty cold. But not even Vilsack made it...