Walking through my southeast PDX neighborhood on Saturday, pushing my two-year-old in his stroller, I heard loud yelling, some of which sounded like it was mechanically amplified. Decided to check it out. I ran into a mass of people - I'd guess a couple of hundred - gathered at 14th and Clinton. Most were dressed like extras from Mad Max. They seemed to be gathered around a corral made of orange plastic fencing. Inside the corral were two guys riding modified bicycles being pelted by the crowd with empty beer cans. My son couldn't deal with all the noise and throwing and started to cry, so we left. I asked someone on the outskirts of the crowd what was going on. She smiled and said "Chunkathlon."
Rather than draw my own conclusions about what I saw, I'm hoping someone can expain it to me. Is this some sort of new cultural phenomenon?
Thanks in advance for your explanations.