The Costumed Runner Blog: 2014 Superhero Fun Run

Pictured: The Wookie and Mel Ortiz, Photographer: M Ortiz

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I had heard about this race from a friend and decided to look online about this.  I found out that the Superhero Fun Run 2K 5K 10K and Kids Walk supports music education and I was sold.  I remember many a good time due to having access to music classes and being able to learn to play the violin all free from the public school I went to as child. I also found out that Northwest’s Premier Pop-Culture Events, Emerald City Comicon and Rose City Comic Con proudly sponsors this colorful event and decided to sign up it.


I have attended a couple local Comic Cons recently and thought what a great way to enjoy running in costume for a good cause.  I had already made this over the top Princes Lei with the oversized buns for hair and decided that would be my costume of choice for this 5K


Pictured: Rod and Sandy Iwata from The Incredibles.  Mel Ortiz, Photographer: M Ortiz

The Day of the Race

It was a beautiful Saturday morning on July 12th and both my husband and running partner Bola decided to head to the start of the race a little before 9AM since the actual 5K started at 9:45AM.

I already had a feeling that running in my oversized buns would be no small feat since the total weight of that wig was roughly already 10-12lbs.  The crowd literally parted when they saw me coming and then stopped once they realized what they were seeing. I was even lucky enough to get a photo with a tall Chewbacca from Star Wars, the Wookie himself.  He pointed to me from across the road and I knew it was a match made in heaven that we would walk away with a photo of us together.  I also ran into my fellow costume running friend Sandy Iwata and her husband Rod Iwata as The Incredibles. Their costumes were of course impeccable and a crowd favorite.

The run was fun but a little disorganized.  I know this is either their second or third year so not all the kinks have been worked out.  I have faith that next year with some great feedback this little event will get better and better. Many people and their pets and children were dressed as their favorite superhero and villain.  I did pretty good even with this heavy wig weighing me down the whole way.  I got a lot of high fives and selfies request with passing runners.

After the run there was an after party that included Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base (Star Wars), Portland Superhero Coalition, Hood’s Hellions/ 405th infantry, BOOM Pirates, Dragon Theater Puppets and Princessess, family friendly vendors, give away gift certificates, cool prizes, PDX Kid’s Calendar for arts and crafts, and Dark Horse Comics giving away comic magazines, along with games, prizes, photo booths, food and drinks, etc.

If you want to don your favorite cape and mask, please check out their site and join us next year for the 2015 Superhero Fun Run which I hear they will include a half marathon.

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