Recent visitors to Taiwan may have witnessed a sport that looked more like a Staples fever dream—an office chair race.
The Office Chair Grand Prix took over the streets of Taipei with a flood of contestants speeding down the street backwards in office chairs. The winning racer in the singles event managed to push his office chair 30 yards in just six seconds, according to Hawaii Public Radio. The winners of the group event—composed of teams of three angling to complete as many laps of a 200 yards course as possible—managed to make 160 laps during the two-hour time span.
The silly sport traces its roots to Japan, and for the last six years, cities across the nation have taken turns hosting the "Isu-1 Grand Prix" (Isu is Japanese for chair). This year, the competition was held in Kyoto and the winning team won almost 200 pounds of rice for completing more laps than any other team within a two-hour time span, Mashable reported.
The joy of office chair racing is spreading far from Japan, though. The sport has slowly rolled its way around the world to anywhere with an office building and anyone who desperately needs a break from pencil pushing. Races have been held from San Clemente, California, to Germany, where the world championships were held.
The sport has grown so popular that companies are now marketing specially designed racing chairs.
Racers must wear protective gear, because these are not thoroughbreds or Formula One cars, but office chairs. The chairs often break during races, sending competitors flying onto the ground at high speeds.