No One Said Anything About Costumes When I Signed Up...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
As you all know by now, the Captain and two of her family members (possibly three...) are taking part in the Edmonton Marathon this August. We're all pretty excited. Pumped even. Oh yes, we are good to go! Now, we're not diehard athletes, certainly not what you could call "runners". Well, except for Auntie B (but she's crazy). As such, we're not up to date on our knowledge regarding the etiquette of marathon running/walking or any traditions associated with these types of big races. We thought, maybe, we might get matching t-shirts or jackets and have silly nicknames written on the backs. However, I was a bit shocked when I made my daily visit to Alun's blog. The London Marathon was run over the weekend and there were a few...um...interesting outfits. That's putting it mildly. It seems there was a large portion of the participants who wore costumes. Yes, you read that correctly. COSTUMES. Think Halloween or a fancy dress party. It was bizarre. Some simply wore ballerina/fairy skirts while others were quite elaborate. Indiana Jones (complete with whip, pistol, and spider on the shoulder) being chased by a giant boulder was certainly the best. Head on over to his site to check it out or check out some more marathon photos from StormCab's Flickr site.

At first I thought it was maybe just a UK thing. You know how "they" are. Tee hee. However, it seems it's not just confined to their bit of the world. Yes, this bizarre idea has shown up here in North America. Costumes are worn at the Disneyland Marathon, Philadelphia, New York City. Also in Singapore. Marathoners are crazy.

And so dear readers, I once again ask for your assistance. As my family is an entirely unique breed of crazies, I'm sure we'll be dressing up. What sort of costume would you suggest we wear? Please note that there will be one person running by themselves, and two (maybe three) of us walking together. The costumes can't be too big or bulky (we'll need to take potty breaks and don't want to waste too much time getting in/out of said costume). They should be lightweight. We also all burn quite easily so the costume must be able to incorporate our various hat styles. All suggestions will be considered. Perhaps even a prize to the blogger whose suggestion we use (if there is one). They can be simple - merely adding streamers to our arms/waist or wearing antennae - or elaborate. Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below. And yes, there will be pictures.

7 comments:

* (asterisk) said...

Just go steady. People die doing this shit, including a 22-yr-old man this past weekend. Take plenty plenty fluids etc.

Costume... No idea! I like those old Victorian long-sleeved/long-legged bathing costumes, and you can totally wear a wide-brimmed hat with those.

Wandering Coyote said...

Hm...something nautical, I think, since you have a nautically themed blog. Pirate? 18th century captain's garb a la Russell Crowe in Master and Commander?

Tanya said...

As you are the Captain, I suggest something Captainy.

kelly said...

Captain Crunch perhaps?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well, if you incorporate diapers into the costumes, there will be no need for potty breaks. Babies?

Candy Minx said...

Dress up as the Tour DFrance...that way you can incorporate bikes into your costumes.

Oddly, I have heard of this...but it was a bike marathon from Toronto to MOntreal annually to raise money for AIDS poverty...and I just figured the guys wearing dresses was their invention.

I would be very uncomfortable wearing a costume to run in...what about a tiara...something not bulky and warm and some wings?

* (asterisk) said...

Ignore what I said about drinking! That dude who died at the London Marathon died from drinking too much water. Sheesh...

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