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The Running Costume Page

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Here's where art and athletics coalesce to form a new medium of divine expression.

I started running in costume in 1985 when I dressed up for the Bay to Breakers in flower leis. The race had about 30,000 participants of which 10% were also in costume. It was destined to grow to over 100,000 and now it has settled down to 40,000. It was so much fun for me and the spectators that and I vowed to do it again. The rest is history.

This site is for those of you who want to use your creativity to bring laughter and joy to others while staying fit at the same time. Follow the instructions with How to Make a Run Costume.

There are a lot of costumed races around the world and now most runs have a least a few costumed runners. See the slideshow with lots of running costumes.

Running in costume is an easy way to make exercise fun, liven up the crowd and get kids giggling. It's also a great way to spread the cost of that old Halloween get-up you don't want to throw away. Maybe you will get some press coverage in the newspaper or on TV.

There are Halloween and "Run for Arthritis" Christmas Runs that encourage costumed runners in most major cities. Costume Runs are excellent fund-raisers. All ages and abilities can participate. Race directors might want to think about adding a costume division to the awards ceremony. It's an easy way to increase participation and get some free press.

GOOD LUCK and Keep It Fun!!!
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