I found my fabulous costume on the internet and once it arrived my trusty husband helped me make the necessary alternations for some ease of movement.
This took some engineering on both our parts to make it work and we found that hot gluing a light wooden stick to the back of the costume helped make it stand straight up to help add to the cuteness factor. We then added a belt to connect to the stick and to me to add more strength in keeping the candy cane straight. I decided not to do a test run in this figuring it will work at out the day of the event.
The day of the event was a brisk Portland morning. There were cute costumes everywhere and jingle bells worn by as young as 2 to as old as … you get the picture.
There was even an Ugly Sweater contest which my good friend and running buddy, Lori, won. The winner from last year shared that he tried to defend his title but was gracious enough to have a photo with the 2013 winner.
The event started on time and was very well organized. The course wound through Old Town and back to the waterfront. Many fans cheered along the way and thank goodness my candy cane held up. The plus side was that it kept me very warm and insulated. My husband was also happy to see that it made it to the finish without any malfunctions along the way.
We capped off the end of this event with a photo with Santa and his trusty reindeer Rudolph. I have a feeling this event will be a yearly tradition for not only my family and friends and I – but of course as the candy cane.