TotR: Running in Costume

Welcome to the Tuesdays on the Run linkup!  My co-hostesses-with-the-mostestes Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and Erika from MCM Mama Runs and I chose Running in Costume as today’s topic.  As per usual, feel free to linkup any running related post, the weekly topic is just a suggestion.

The opportunity to dress as a princess was a big motivator for me in tackling my first Princess Half Marathon a couple of years ago.  I originally was going to run as Merida, then switched to Mulan and then finally ended up running as Ariel.  Since then, I’ve run as Animal from the Muppets, a Club 33 China Plate, Cinderella in Rags, Aurora in her make-it-pink-make-it-blue mixed up dress and a Dr. Who themed outfit.  Planning and creating my racing costumes is a welcome distraction from those double digit training runs and it’s so much fun to “reveal” them right before the race.


Another hidden benefit to running in costume is the extra support you get along the race course.  When I ran the Tink Half dressed as Fawn (Tink’s friend), I got a ton of positive cheers for Fawn, The Fall Fairy, Orange Fairy and the like.  Spectators love to have something to shout out and wearing a costume always gives them something.  Of course it’s not always correct, like the “Fraggle Rock” comments I got when I was wearing my Animal costume, but even those are funny.  As a runner, I love to be able to give a shout out to others on the course when they have a great costume.


The final and best reason to run in costume is that sometimes you get to participate in a group costume.  It’s a great way for those of us who are less socially confident to “join in” a group.  You get to know your fellow runners a bit during the costume planning period and then there are the obligatory meetups for photo ops before and after the race.  And sometimes you can even have the fun of running with your costume mates during the race!


Running in costumes can be expensive and can be less comfortable than just a singlet and compression shorts, but the fun, friendship and awesome race photos make it worth it to me.

Do you run in costumes or do you wish this trend would go away?  If you love them, check out my costume posts up in the “runDisney Basics” tab for more inspiration!

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TotR: Running in Costume — 15 Comments

  1. I think it’s a fun idea if it doesn’t bother you while you run. I personally have only ever worn a costume once for a Halloween race last year and then for the Christmas race I wore a Grinch tshirt and reindeer antlers/nose. Both times I felt like I was always adjusting something so it’s not my favorite thing in the world. I definitely love seeing everyone else, though!
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    • I just can’t stand running in costumes that aren’t comfortable, so they all have to be based on running gear. The mouse ears for my Club 33 plates was the most annoying thing, but it was just a 10k so I dealt with it but I prefer to have lower maintenance costumes!

  2. I love the idea of running in a costume, but haven’t done a full costume yet. I have ran in a tutu, which wasn’t too bad, and have done a few themed races. But I’m really looking forward to PHM 2015 when I plan to go all-out!
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    • Oh, I cannot run in a tutu (plus they look awful on me!). PHM is a great race to get into costume running because you’ll be surrounded by great costumes!

    • That was actually my second try! The first one was simpler but looked awful. I did a lot of research and ended up loving how the second go turned out. Thanks so much!!