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4 Rules for Running in Costume

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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. 

Vanellope running 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.

Don’t underestimate the power of your backside! Share a fun message to fellow runners as they pass you (or you pass them!)

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.

costume 4
These awesome dresses are constructed from wicking material!

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.

Costume 9
He had his groove on. AMAZING, isn’t it? He had a suitcase devoted to his PVC pipes!


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!

I wonder what their neighbors thought when they saw Sorcerer Mickey and a Broom running down the street!
I wonder what their neighbors thought when they saw Sorcerer Mickey and a Broom running down the street?

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!

PHX half

What about you? Do you have plans to run in costume anytime soon? If so, why and what costume?

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April at RunTheGreatWideSomewhere

Wednesday 3rd of September 2014

Yeah I think you know where I land on this debate. A big old yes! But I agree, while I love looking at elaborate costumes I refuse to run in them. Even a 5k is way too long to be dealing with chafing, overheating or binding.


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Running in costumes for Disney/themed races is almost a must. My sisters are whizzes with the almighty sewing machine, and always come up with great group costumes, because our whole family runs the races together. We have anywhere from 6-11 people running a Disney race at a time, and this past weekend we did the 10k as Mouseketeers and we were the Team Herbie group during the half. It's best doing group themes or the same costume, because people recognize you as a group even when everyone is paced differently. Plus the announcers always give you a shout out!!!

Audra O.

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I'll be dressing up for Wine & Dine in November, but my question wig? Or not to wig? I can't really pull of the costume I want without one, but I'm a little skeered.


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Dressing up is the ONLY reason I would consider a runDisney race. Wait. I mean ANY race. Patty, I think you do Disney races just because you have so many cute costume ideas and you need a place to wear them.


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I didn't run in costume this weekend at VA beach cus I wanted to wear as little as possible! I love to put some kind of fun. outfit together for Disney races and other themed races. I'm debating what I want to do for RnR Las Vegas. Should I dress up?

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