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Costumes have been a part of the Fairbanks Midnight Sun Run for a long time now.
This year, in the starting line, there was Smokey the Bear, Paul Bunyan, some pirates and running bananas. There were also superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and so on. As this is also election year, campaign slogans from Donald Trump were made as pun. A group wore blue, red and white clothing with aprons and cheese graters. Their sign read as “Make America Grate Again”.
One of the intricate costumes was the Nightmare Before Christmas sisters. One was dressed as Jack Skellington with a plaster skull mask, and the other sister was dressed as Sally. They spent weeks creating their costumes. It was also their costumes which were popular among others with the onlookers.
Costumes have been part of other sporting events too but the most common are in running events. These are not only in marathons but also in fun runs where people run either individually or in groups. They all dress up in costumes to win some prizes. For some, it is for them to showcase their own uniquely designed costumes.
Even in the Guinness Book of World Records, there are certain records related to running in costumes. The most common are superheroes from TV Store Online Costumes as inspiration. There is a world record for the fastest marathon dressed as a superhero for females and males. The fastest female time is 2hr 48m 51s by Camille Herron of the US in 2012 when she was dressed as Spiderman. The fastest male time is 2hr 27m 43s by Matt Gunby of the UK last April 2016 when he was dressed as Wonder Woman. Another record is the fastest marathon in a 3 person costume. The record time is 4h 56m 24s, and it was achieved by Heather Smith, Laura Jones and Andy Church (all from UK) in 2015. They were dressed as Woody, Buzz and Jessie from Toy Story.
These are just some examples of the many creative ways costumes are incorporated into sports. With Halloween and New Year’s just around the corner, there are likely more races with costumed runners during this period.