Thursday, October 16, 2008

New York Tokyo Tag for Adults

After the tourists and business people left for the day, a group of tag enthusiasts and Japanese culture buffs descended on Battery Park for a sunset game of tag. About 13 adults and teenagers scampered around in front of the Clinton Castle in one of the most aggressive games of tag I've ever witnessed. The scene grew heated when runners accused the games organizers of secretly adding another chaser in the middle of the game without telling anybody.

The tag players were ostensibly competing for a free Ipod, but many of them said they already had one and were just trying to recapture their childhood.

In the end, however, it seemed that even an abundance of enthusiasm was no match for real youth. Brian Makito, a 15-year-old student, was the last runner to avoid being "frozen." Unlike the adults, Brian didn't need any elaborate strategy to win. His young, fresh knees let him outlast even his most serious, toughest talking competitor.

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