Participants in the 13th annual International “No Pants Subway Ride” were out in force Sunday in more than 60 cities across the globe. Started in 2002 with only seven participants, the idea behind “No Pants” is that random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter, without wearing trousers. The participants wear all of the usual winter clothing on their top half such as hats, scarves and gloves and do not acknowledge each other’s similar state of undress.
Part of the three-day Sonkajarvi Festival in Helsinki, Finland, this whimsical annual event resembles a 250-yard steeplechase, in which the “wife” rides upside down on the runner’s back with her legs slung over his shoulders for maximum speed. Women must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 108 pounds. Not hitched? Don’t worry you don’t need to be actually married to compete.