Running in Costume at Adobo Run

With the Adobo Run After Dark just around the corner (8pm on October 29, 2011 in particular), it’s about time I decided what I want to wear. Unlike other races, this is the only one where I’m going to wear a costume because it’s actively encouraged among the expected 5,000 runners.

I’ve been looking at some ideas from other races all over the world, particularly the London Marathon and the San Francisco Bay to Breakers. I can’t believe some people can run in these outfits!

At least nobody will drown.

Of course, even just a fanciful headdress or mask worn along with regular running gear is already considered a costume, but I think if I’m going to do that, might as well go all the way! There are some issues to consider when wearing a full costume, such as:

  • Comfort and Range of Movement: any costume worn during a race should allow the legs to move freely. Oh, and the arms too, because you do need to allow the natural arm swing to happen. Otherwise it could be a very slow run and you run the risk of chafing.
  • Weight and Aerodynamics: That medieval knight costume might be the subject of your fantasy, but done in real metal it could weigh you down. If you want to enjoy both your costume and your run, make it as light you possibly can. And if you’re going to wear large wings on your back, just be aware they will definitely cause drag.
  • Heat and Sweat: The Philippines is a tropical country, and although the Adobo Run happens at night, being swathed in layers of costume clothing could turn out to be very warm. Additionally, you sweat when running, so that additional moisture could cause paint to run.
  • Durability: A costume needs to be durable enough to last the 3K, 5K, or even 15K at the Adobo Run (London Marathoners do it for the entire 42K). Nobody wants a wardrobe malfunction halfway through.
  • Self-Consciousness: Showing skin in a bikini or wearing a spandex superhero costume will definitely draw attention, but if you feel self-conscious having it all hang out, better steer clear of those kinds of costumes.

As with regular running gear, comfort is still the most important consideration. What will I be wearing? Come to the Adobo Run and find out!

  • Race Name: Adobo Run After Dark 2011
  • Date: 29 October
  • Venue: Asena Business Park, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay (near Mall of Asia)
  • Categories & Prices: 3K/5K/15K (P750)
  • Registration Venues: RUNNR Trinoma, Toby’s EDSA Shangri-La Mall, R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Runningmate
  • Registration Dates: Sept. 1 – Oct. 23
  • Expected # of Runners: 5,000
  • Wow Factor: 3K runners required to wear costume, fireworks, fire breathers and fire dancers, samba percussionists, carnival queens, post-race party with live music and free beer

About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in fitness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

3 thoughts on “Running in Costume at Adobo Run

  1. there was this couple in anson’s mardi gras run who came in as an angel and a devil (complete with wings). unfortunately, the devil was the faster runner. lol.

    Also, there was another runner who came in as an igorot. didn’t check if he was wearing underwear. hehehehe

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