Halloween is right around the corner, and with no shortage of Halloween 5k's and fun runs throughout the country, we put together our list of the top 5 most runnable Halloween costumes. As you know, a costume that you can actually run in (comfortably at least) differs from regular Halloween costumes, and requires a higher degree of comfort, won't make you sweat too significantly once you get moving, and will allow more range of motion. Will your running costume be as comfortable as your usual running gear? Of course not, but as long as the race isn't really long, you won't even notice after a few minutes. With that said, here's our top 5 choices for the most runnable Halloween costumers, in no particular order.
One of America's most well known runners was the late, great Steve Prefontaine. In his prime, he set American Records in almost every distance event ranging from the 2000 up to 10000 meters in the early 70's at the University of Oregon. This may be one of the easiest Halloween costumes as all you'll need are shorts, a singlet, a mustache, and a wig. Ideally you'll be able round up some gear in UO green and yellow colors to complete the look.
This Justice League member keeps crime under control and saves the world by using his super power- freakishly fast, super human speed. Another pretty straight forward costume to find online, or make your own using red and yellow colors with a few lightning bolts thrown in for good measure. Who knows, with a bit of luck the Flash's super human speed will rub off on you in your future races!
“Run Forrest, Run!” One of the best movies from 1994, Tom Hanks stars as Forrest Gump who decided to do an epic cross country long run, inspiring legions of followers along the way. His reason for such a long run? He felt like it and didn't stop until he was done. Needless to say along the way he developed an impressive beard and shaggy hair. This costume is also a pretty easy one, just get dark baggy clothing, a fake beard, and a long wig. Bonus points if you can find a “Bubba Gump” Shrimp Company hat to complete the look.
Go to any Halloween 5k and you're sure to see at least one or two running Elvis's. Elvis is a classic Halloween costume, and another really comfortable costume to run in as well. A wig, sunglasses, and anything with rhinestones will do the trick, but make sure you stick to classic white, gold and silver colors to complete the look.
Zombies may look sloth-like and slow, but they can really haul once they get moving. If you've got a bunch of old running gear that you don't care about anymore, you can even make your own costume from clothing you already own. You'll want to get plenty of fake blood, white and black makeup, and make sure to make your clothing look shredded and torn up to complete the look.