Photos from the run conveniently leave out the nudie pics, but show a nice selection of Elvises, gnomes, ballerinas and those paying homage to the royal wedding. And what race would be complete without a shirtless man wearing glitter and giant angel wings?
The Peachtree Road Race discourages runners from wearing Breakers-style costumes — which makes sense, considering how many people there are. I’d imagine it’s hard enough not to knock into people without having to dodge, say, giant wings or gnome hats.
But that doesn’t stop some from getting into the spirit. Body paint, crazy hats and color-coordinated costumes — especially of the patriotic variety — all make appearances. I’ve personally never worn a costume for a run, but one of my favorite parts of large races like the PRR is seeing how creative people can get — and how they’re able to run with some of the stuff they wear or carry (when I did the Chicago Marathon, I kept pace with a guy who juggled three balls almost the entire run).
Running can be a serious sport, but sometimes it’s nice to see a little levity injected into the proceedings. Who knows? When you’re at Mile 5 and dragging, maybe it’ll be seeing the guy in the Uncle Sam beard and red and blue facepaint that pulls you through.
What do you think? What’s the best costume you’ve seen at a race? Have you ever worn anything crazy to run?