MarbleLympics 2019: Event #16 – Sand Rally + Closing Ceremony

It’s all down to this: the final event of the 2019 MarbleLympics. Will the Raspberry Racers hold onto the top spot? Will newcomers the Green Ducks steal it from them? Or will the Hazers achieve a shocking come-from-behind victory? It all comes down to this last event, a fan favourite: the Sand Rally.

This is a speedy event, over in about two minutes. Right off the bat, tournament leaders the Raspberry Racers pull ahead, but within a few seconds, the O’rangers, Indigo Stars, Balls of Chaos, Savage Speeders, and Team Galactic are all fighting for a podium spot. Positions constantly change, with marbles lurching forward and nudging each other out of the way.

In the end, the Balls of Chaos get a much-deserved victory with a time that’s just a shade over two minutes. Team Galactic follows with a silver, and the Raspberry Racers hold on to their top spot in the overall standings with a bronze.

And then it’s time for the closing ceremonies. In the third-place position in the overall standings: MarbleLympics veterans the Hazers. Nabbing the runner-up position: newcomers the Green Ducks. But of course, most of the glory must go to the Raspberry Racers, who medalled in half of this tournament’s events. Well done, my fruity friends. All three teams will automatically qualify for next year’s MarbleLympics.

Stray thoughts:

  • The Green Ducks really didn’t bring their A-game when they needed to. What a shame.
  • The Oceanics finished in last place, more than two seconds behind the 15th place marble. This is what it looks like when a team gives up. (They’re the only team not to win a single medal in this tournament.)
  • For a second there it looked like the O’rangers were going to win this event, but they dropped into fourth. I guess juicing has its limits.

This has been fun, y’all. Stay tuned to this space for sporadic coverage of future marble competitions and regular coverage of the 2020 MarbleLympics.

Complete stats for the 2019 MarbleLympics can be found at the MarbleLympics Wiki.