Race Preview: 2014 Mustache Dache Portland

Mustache Dache 2013 Photo Credit: Amber Corsen

Returning to Portland on November 15th, 2014, in support of “Movember” and men’s health, is the 2014 Mustache Dache. If you’ve been growing an epic mustache this is the perfect occasion to show it off. Can’t grow a mustache? That’s okay, grab a stick on mustache and come out to help support these great causes.

The Mustache Dache features a 5k race and a kid’s race  starting at Big Al’s in Beaverton. The race course isn’t listed yet, however if it’s the same as last year, it will take you up a very challenging hill and back down to the finish. Included in registration is a race shirt and a really cool metal shaped medal which doubles as a bottle opener.  Registration is $40 for individuals and $35 for a team until October 31st, and increases by $5 up until race day.

Mustache Dache Finisher’s Medal Photo Credit: Mustache Dache Facebook Page

Being a family event, there is a run for kids that are 12 and younger. Registration for the kids is $20 and includes a bib, finisher’s medal, and a mustache dache cape. The kids race will be short enough that all kid’s can reasonably finish. Last year’s race was one lap around the building, which was about a quarter-mile. My daughter and I really enjoyed this fun race last year.

Here are some highlights from Anne’s 2013 recap:

The 3.1 mile,single-loop course began with a surprisingly organized four-wave start and took beards and baby-faced youths up 400 feet of elevation gain (a Category 4 climb) in the first 1.55 miles of narrow, suburban streets.

To put this in perspective, a notably hilly half marathon like the 2013 Fueled by Fine Wine course has about 2,900 feet in elevation gain over 13.1 miles. That’s 332 feet of elevation gain every 1.5 miles. Add an additional 68 feet in elevation, and you’ve got the first half of the comically hilly 2013 Mustache Dache 5k.

Of course, what comes up must go down, and the rest of the course was completely, blissfully downhill. Even with all the huffing and puffing that surrounded me at the race as I climbed up hill after endless hill, I could tell that everyone around me– a cheery, 66.6% female majority predominantly in costume– was having a fun time, even though it wasn’t our best chip time in the 5k.

After crossing the finish line, music and festivities continued with one free draft pint of Iron Horse beer (four varieties), a shot of Bulleit Bourbon (offered as a shot, a Manhattan, or with tonic water), and a rad, silver mustache finisher medal awaiting each eligible runner. Bananas, Biscoff cookies (a personal favorite), and impromptu peanut butter sandwiches sat ready for those with munchies. After grabbing my pint, a neat magnetic Timbers Army frame, and a couple of cool temporary tattoos from the Movember people, I headed inside Big Al’s Bowling to get out of the cold.

Sounds like you will do yourself good by keeping a (mustache on your) stiff upper lip and registering!

Race: Portland Mustache Dache
When: November 15th, 2014
Time: 10:00am
Where: Big Al’s – Beaverton
Registration: Online ($40 individuals, $35 team until 10/31; $45 individual, $40 team after 10/31)

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