Racing Disney Costuming 101 by Guest Blogger Addie Clark
Hey there Main Streeters! I’ve been remiss in writing these blogs; I hope you haven’t missed me too much. I’ve been remiss in my training too, but I’m hoping to get right back to it after the holiday. I built some extra time into my schedule and in this moment, I am so glad I did.
But enough about me…let’s talk about this week’s topic: Costumes. When I told people I was doing this race, one of the most common questions I got was “Do you dress up?” I replied “Of course!”
If you follow runDisney on social media, you’ve undoubtedly seen some of the incredibly creative costumes that runners race in. Depending on the race you’re running, you may want to stick to the theme, but any Disney character is acceptable. Do not think of this as a full costume…but more of a “runner’s disneybound”
Now before we start planning, I should mention the costume guidelines runDisney has. They’re listed on the website of each race, but briefly: you cannot wear a mask and your costume cannot be questionable or offensive to others.
For the ladies, it is very common to run in either a skirt or tutu. There are several places online that sell these skirts…but if you are at all crafty and/or handy with a sewing machine (or know someone who is) you can save yourself some considerable mark up and make them yourself (I plan to blog tutorials on how I made my own skirts after the race, so look forward to those!). In addition, I would suggest buying some running gear that coordinates with your costume so that you’re comfortable and experience little to no chafing. A practice run in your costume is probably a good idea too…though, the thought of running my usual trails in a giant tutu is a little embarrassing to me.
Now guys, don’t think I’ve forgotten you! You have the opportunity to dress up too! But to be honest, you have it a lot easier because very little will have to be made. There are a lot of inspirational photos on runDisney social media accounts and I highly recommend checking them out. I’ve included a collage of my favorites at the end of this post.
My last bit of advice for costuming is to 1) try and decide on your costumes early if you can. it will give you more time to plan (and shop sales and clearance racks at running apparel stores to get items you need at lower costs!) and 2) remember the point is to HAVE FUN so do not let costume planning stress you out.
I hope you have a glorious holiday season Main Streeters. I’ll see you after the new year!
TMSM is very excited to publish the first in a series of runDisney articles by Addie Clark. Please keep an eye out for more of Addie’s articles as she prepares for her upcoming race! If you missed the first articles in Addie’s series make sure you check them out!! Racing Disney: An Introduction, Racing Disney: Picking your Race, Racing Disney: Picking a Training Program and Racing Disney: Staying Motivated and Avoiding Injury; and Racing Disney: Proof of Time and Coast to Coast
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