Tug of War Seattle

Every fitness craze has its salable moment: yoga balls, punching bags, power walking, elliptical trainers, rocker shoes, and lately that Shake Weight gadget. But you know what isn't advertized on late-night TV? Rope. That's the beauty and purity of today's Tug of War Seattle tournament, in which some 400 athletes (in teams of eight) will compete in brackets. And by athletes we mean ordinary folks like you, not the steroidal monsters of ESPN2. That means you can join up with coworkers, friends, fellow gym rats, drinking buddies, or people you randomly meet in the park today. The daylong event, which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, is designed to be both down-and-dirty and friendly. Old clothes, gloves, and soccer cleats are recommended; but since prizes are given for costumes, expect to see men in tutus, too. Oh, and if your team wants to practice in advance, you can find all the equipment you need at the local hardware store. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2011

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