Retrorunning is one of the hottest new sports in Italy. There's a race almost every weekend from April to October, though the Gambero D'Oro (The Golden Shrimp) is considered the de facto backward running world championship.
The Shrimp is held every July in the small northern Italian town of Povilgio and attracts about 200 retrorunners from all over Europe. The course is three kilometers and the record is held by Bryan Godsey, who covered the distance in under 12 minutes in 2004. That translates into an astounding 6 minutes a mile pace. Running forward that fast is hard. For more information about the Golden Shrimp, contact race organizer Paolo Pessina.