TheDC interview: The ‘horseman’ cometh

Taylor Bigler | Entertainment Editor

“[S]ometimes there’s a man…I won’t say a hero, ’cause, what’s a hero? But sometimes, there’s a man…Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there…But sometimes there’s a man, sometimes, there’s a man. Aw. I lost my train of thought here. But, aw, hell. I’ve done introduced him enough.” – The Big Lebowski

When Jimmy “Horseman” Kruyne woke up Monday morning, he didn’t know he was going to become a viral sensation before noon.

Kruyne, 27, made headlines for jogging through the streets of Northwest Washignton, D.C. wearing nothing but running shorts, running shoes and a horse head in the middle of Hurricane Sandy — all in front of a television crew.

Kruyne said that he noticed the local NBC Washington team when he took out his dogs for a walk. He then went quickly back inside his apartment and changed clothes — or actually out of clothes — to grab the attention of NBC and hopefully some friends who were tuned into the local news.

“I figured I would run out there in shorts and a horse mask,” he said. “It was totally spontaneous and I thought it would be fun if I hit the DVR button and went back inside and saw myself on the news. Little did I know it would go viral.”

Kruyne’s video appeared on YouTube and was picked up by numerous news outlets, much to the delight of the Internet since most of the news is gloomy coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath.

The account executive said that he has worn the horse head a few times, even once to work. He also has a slew of other “goofy items” that he keeps around for literal rainy days like this one.

Kruyne said he was just hoping to make a few friends laugh, but he far exceeded that.

His only regret? “I wish I knew I was going to do this three months ago or I would have started working out.”

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