I’m going to bring up a topic today that may offend some, but I really just want to understand. So, if you have anything to add to this, please comment.
I’ve run 60+ races over the past few years and typically see (mostly women) dressed in a costume of some sort, at every race. 5k’s up to marathons, every race distance has some sort of group or individuals dressed up as characters, or donning tutus, anything to stand out. What am I missing? What is the purpose of this?
I totally get the idea behind dressing up, or wearing a certain color shirt/shorts/socks combination when running a themed race. Halloween races? I get it. This is a holiday known for costumes. At a Halloween Half Marathon I expect that probably at least half of the participants will be in costume. A St. Patrick’s Day run? I get it. Kilts will abound, green runnings shirts and shorts green beer at the finish. A Santa Hustle, yep I expect there to be folks dressed in red and white, and see several snowy white fake beards, and antler headbands. Why though, do folks dress up at just any old race?
This is where I am confused, and need some explanations. Please fill me in. I think I missed a memo or something. Why can’t we just run, and not have to draw attention to ourselves with silly costumes, skirts and masks? If it’s for charity, then I get it. Otherwise, I am just at a loss.