Dan McQuade

Today is Philadelphia’s annual Broad Street Run, the largest 10-mile road race in the country. It’s a straight shot down a relatively downhill street, which means a lot of people run it in costumes. Forrest Gump is popular, as is Rocky Balboa. Today I saw runners dressed as the Founding Fathers, Power Rangers and bananas.

I also saw Dan Lanzilloti of South Philadelphia, who raced in a unicorn mask and kitten-printed leggings while carrying a giant sign that read: “FOX NEWS: RICH PEOPLE TELLING RICH PEOPLE TO TELL MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE TO BLAME POOR PEOPLE.” The other side read: “I’m Straight & Against The Hate. I’M Not Queer, Lesbian, Bi or Trans. I JUST HAVE THIS CRAZY IDEA THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS.”

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I spotted Lanzilloti a little after the six-mile mark, at around Lombard Street. When I went down to the finish line, I happened to see him again. I figured it was worth asking him a few questions about running with a giant sign for 10 miles.

Is this the first time you’ve run Broad Street?

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The fifth time.

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What inspired you to run with an anti-Fox News sign?

The sign says it all.

What’s it like to run with a sign for that long?

Well, since it’s the first time I did it, the second time I would use a broomstick.

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When did you come up with an idea to run with that sign?

When I saw the kitten pants and the unicorn hat. I had to make a statement.

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Did you practice running with the sign?

I should have. Because it is heavier than it looks.

What was the reaction of the people when you ran by?

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It was 99 percent euphoric. It was especially encouraging running through the spectators in North Philadelphia. One jerk shouldered me at the quarter-mile mark.

Dan Lanzilloti finished the race in 2:16:13, a 13:37 mile pace. He finished 34,990th out of 36,942 finishers.