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Friday, March 6, 2015

Downhill race day finds the Gecko on Pocono slopes

SkiGecko2By guest blogger Mike Young, public relations


Geckos are only found in tropical locales, right? So wrong … if you’re the GEICO Gecko.


Recently, our jovial and amazingly athletic Gecko hit the slopes at Big Boulder in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains for the first annual Mascot Mayhem Ski Race.


This comical caper pitted some of the region’s most popular branded mascots against each other in a friendly downhill ski race, and was the brainchild of radio personality John DeBella from Philadelphia’s Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK.


SkiGecko3The Gecko’s competitors included Swoops, representing my beloved Philadelphia Eagles; the Temple Owl, mascot for Temple University; Screw Ball from the Reading Fightin’s minor league baseball team; Phil E from Philly Pretzel Factory plus a cast of 10 more classic characters.


Against the white mountainside, fans were treated to a wash of colors that could give a jumbo box of crayons a run for its money. Shapes ranging from short and rotund to lean and lank clumsily cruised down the slope, and soon a clear winner emerged in the form of a sleek fox clad in neon green.


The champ ended up being Tricky from the Pocono Mountain Raceway. No fair! He had home-field advantage!


Nonetheless, Mascot Mayhem was a blast, and I do hope the Gecko makes a return trip next year. I think invitations should get air-mailed down to Disney, as well as to the Nationals’ Teddy Roosevelt, the Penn State Nittany Lion, Tony the Tiger and Mr. Peanut for the second annual Mascot Mayhem.


Tell us who you’d like to see race the gecko in the comments! He’d better start training now!






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