You’ve seen the impressively fast runners completing marathons in Boston and London, but have you ever seen the world’s best slow motion runners compete in an exhilaratingly slow race to the finish line?
Probably not because Paramount and agency Droga5 London just created the first Slow Motion Marathon to celebrate the upcoming release of Baywatch the movie. It’s pretty much exactly as it sounds. The marathon draws inspiration from the iconic Baywatch opening credits where incredibly fit men and women in swimsuits run in slow motion on the beach.
Check out highlights from the race (which hopefully wasn’t really a full marathon because who has that kind of time?) below.
Paramount held the first-of-its-kind event in downtown Los Angeles and invited all the stars from the movie, including Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario, to attend.
Plenty of regular people signed up and participated in the race as well, showing off their best Baywatch-esque moves. Truly, their commitment to the role of Baywatch lifeguard is something to admire, as striking a balance between looking “sexy and determined” can’t be that easy.
Things get pretty heated in the race too, with a bit of pushing and shoving (in slow motion, of course) and a surprise ending when a guy “who clearly has never trained or pushed away from a table,” takes home the winning title.
Campaign: Slow Mo Marathon
Title: Slow Mo Marathon
Agency: Droga5 London
Creative Chairman: David Droga
Chief Executive Officer: Bill Scott
Chief Creative Officer: David Kolbusz
Executive Creative Directors: Rick Dodds, Steve Howell
Senior Copywriter: Dan Morris
Senior Art Director: Charlene Chandrasekaran
Junior Copywriter: Teddy Souter
Junior Art Director: Frazer Price
Designers: Chris Chapman, Haider Muhdi
Junior Designer: Hannah Chewins
Head of Production: Chris Watling
Producer: Goldie Robbens
Chief Strategy Officer: Dylan Williams
Strategist: Farah Dib
Head of Client Services: Amy Garrett
Group Account Director: Rebecca Lewis
Account Manager: Rasmus Otto
Production Company: Smuggler
Director: Henry Alex Rubin
DOP: David Devlin
Producer: Fergus Brown
Line Producer: Leah Fleischmann
Editorial: Rock Paper Scissors
Editor: Damion Clayton
Assistant Editors: Martin Hseih and Sebastian Zotoff
Managing Director: Linda Carlson
Executive Producer: Rana Martin
Producer: Dina Ciccotello
Post Production: Electric Theatre Collective
Executive Producer: Kate Hitchings
Head of Production: Serena Noorani
Producers: Therese Mayer and Catherine Yi
VFX Supervisor: Eric Mason
Colorist: Kaitlyn Battistelli
Sound: Lime Studios
Executive Producer: Susie Boyajan
Mixer: Matt Miller