Naked marathon runner gets tasered

A US marathon runner who stripped during a race has been given a jolt with a Taser gun after failing to stop for police, local media reported.

Brett Henderson, 35, was arrested for "public indecency" during the Flying Pig Marathon early May, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

When police saw that Henderson was missing his shorts, they ordered him into their car but he kept running, leading them to break out the Taser and subdue him, the report said.

Henderson told The Urbana Daily Citizen he hadn't expected to run naked, but when a pair of borrowed running shorts started slipping off, he wanted to try and finish the race.

"I looked but couldn't find a drawstring ... I kept fighting and pulling on them, and then the elastic gave way so I let them drop," he said.

‘‘... all the other runners were supportive and kept encouraging me to continue, so I was running naked," he said.

"I've run in marathons all over the country, and I think I know the running culture pretty well and I know that anything goes on race day.

‘‘This is something that happens and is tolerated in the running culture . . . in fact, running naked was encouraged in a marathon I ran in San Francisco, so I don't know why this was such a big deal," he said.

Sponsors told the Cincinatti Enquirer that Henderson has not been registered to run in the race.

The winner of the race was 34-year-old mother of three Amy McDonaugh, who is legally blind.

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