runDisney races are known for being fun events. And what makes it fun for many runners? Dressing up and running in costume. But before you pick out a costume, check out these 4 rules for running in costume.
4 Rules To Running In Costume
1. If it’s a Disney race, PLEASE consider running in costume.
I get that you may not want to race Boston dressed up as Nemo. That makes sense.
But if you are chasing bling at the happiest place on earth, why not #JustGetHappier and take it a step further?
Spectators as well as your fellow racers will appreciate the efforts.
You may even find it helps YOU out in the long, final miles of a race when someone gives you a “Sharkbait OOH HA HA!” shoutout.
2. Say no to cotton.
Just like any other race, don’t let a great costume idea sway you into making a poor choice!
Start with a base layer of tech or wicking material.
Your non-chaffing body will thank you.
3. Don’t get crazy.
It’s pretty easy to get swept up in a grand idea and find yourself constructing something along these lines.
If this is your vision- more power to you!
But consider using something like this for a shorter distance. 5K or 10K max. And be sure to check out the runDisney costume rules as things like this may not be allowed any longer (this was from a 2015 race in Disneyland I believe).
Kronk grooved his way through the Disneyland 10K this weekend.
He was FABULOUS but admitted that anything longer or going faster would not have worked in this costume.
4. Test run before you race.
Runner commandment #1 is don’t try something new on race day.
Take your new creation on a test run. For realz.
Yes, your neighbors might think you finally lost it but you will be happy to learn in a 2-miler that something isn’t going to work versus discovering it during your half marathon!
Those are the 4 rules to running in costume that you should keep in mind when you plan your next outfit.
When I runDisney, I run in costume.
When I race locally, I tend to run as a plain ol’ runner.
It’s ok to pick and choose based on the theme or vibe of the race. There’s nothing wrong with that!
What about you? Do you have plans to run in costume anytime soon? If so, why and what costume?
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Patty Holliday is the owner and creator of all things No-Guilt Universe. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.