Ahoy! Who’s running the Captain Jack's Treasure Run on Oct. 30?
What’re ye wearin’, ye scallywags?
Man, I love me a themed race. Don’t you? Especially since that means it will involve running costumes.
There are two types of people in this world. Those who love a costume and those who don’t. Yeah, I’m the kind of person who loves dressing up. And, as a 39-year-old non-actress, well, there isn’t a whole lot of events that require a costume anymore.
I remember how disappointing it was to get to high school and find out it was no longer socially acceptable to dress up for Halloween. Luckily, I had a lot of younger sisters and I could wear a costume because, you know, I was taking them trick-or-treating.
These days I have to live vicariously through my son, who likes to wear his Halloween costumes multiple times. He’s 8 and he’s only worn four different costumes. Fire chief: twice. Captain America: twice. Captain Hook: twice. And Harry Potter.
One way I get my costume fix now is races. However, since fall is busy for us, I haven’t had the opportunity to do a Halloween race. Most of my costumes have been Christmas themed. I’ve been a snowman, a ski bunny, a snowflake and an elf.
Over the years, I’ve learned few things that may help you when you design your next running costume.
Running in a Tulle Tutu
This is a classic piece of attire for running costumes. There are a couple things, however, that one should keep in mind when either buying or making a tulle tutu to wear in a race.
Running in Hats and Wigs
Hats are great for running costumes, but don’t forget to consider the temperature on race day and the material of your hat. Felt does not breathe, nor do a lot of typical costume-ready hats and wigs. This means you may be holding your hat or wig instead of wearing it for 3 or more miles. I prefer something that clips on top of my head.
Running with Bells
Bells are more popular during Christmas races, of course, but they scare the Gu out of me. Bells can come off of clothes and shoes, and can lead to some serious injuries for runners who step on a wayward jingler. The only thing they’re good for is hearing if your competition is about to pass you, and who wants to know that?
Have you run in a costume before? What tips would you add? Leave them in the comments below, matey!
Kerrie Turcic is a runner from Maple Valley, Wash. Kerrie is currently a copywriter by day, and also a