San Francisco 4-Mile Run Seeks To Change Stoner Stereotypes

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 300 people came from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in the 420 Games, an effort to stop the stigmatization of cannabis use through athletic events.

Snowboard company executive Jim McAlpine says the 420 Games show cannabis users are “motivated, athletic members of society.”

The athletic competitions began Saturday with a 4.20-mile race in Golden Gate Park.

The runner who finished first took home $500 in credits for medical marijuana, and all participants enjoyed a two-hour reggae concert afterward and free beer from a sponsor.

The 420 Games will also host a golf tournament in San Jose, a bike race in Orange County and a paddle boarding competition in Lake Tahoe later this year.

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