Los Angeles KTLA-TV reporter Wendy Burch got more than she bargained for while reporting on a Fourth of July event in Hermosa Beach, California, in which participants run, paddle board, and chug six-packs of beer.
During the "Ironman" competition, Burch was interviewing a burly local man who said that he'd been "training" for the event for a long time. Midway through their conversation, a participant — off camera — projectile vomited, covering both Burch and the man she was interviewing.
"Oh!" she cried. "No, no!" as the event's participants showered the man next to her in canned beer, hoping to rinse him off.
Burch powered through the interview like a pro and, still covered in vomit, moved on to her next interview — a female contender.
“I’m in the middle of a mosh pit," Burch said about the incident. "Welcome to the jungle.”
Burch wrote in The Huffington Post about the incident.
“I drove home, took a hot shower and a long nap," she wrote. “When I woke, I was greeted by thousands of retweets, links to the YouTube video, and a message from a New York Times reporter who wanted to talk about ‘the incident.’"
“You know," she continued, "I once had a nightmare about reporting live, in the middle of a mosh pit, with hundreds of sweaty men throwing up all around me."
Concluding her write-up, Burch said, “To all of you aspiring journalists out there, I’m here to tell you, dreams really do come true ... especially in the age of viral videos."