The Costumed Runner Blog: Run Like Hell (October 26, 2014)

Pictured (left to right): Tim Fraser and Mel Ortiz as running lobster. Photographer: Madeline Mulhernu

Pre-Race Preparations

The theme this year was “Under the Sea” and I had a feeling there would be many a mermaid and fish so decided to take on a crustacean aka Lobster.  It was perfect timing since I just bought at Target the new bevy of foam Halloween wigs by Project Runway designer Chris March. One of them was a lobster and oversized lobster claws.  It would be perfect for this race and to add to it I decided to pin a sign that said “Eat Chicken” to add to the comic value.

The Day of the Race

I was able to see some great homemade costumes as I was walking to the start of the race.  It was a double treat to see a person dressed as a horse doing the free yoga prior to the race start.  The only one I wish I had a photo of was the man dressed as Sharknado.

Pictured: Runner with homemade starfish costume made out of muffin paper cups for baking.  Photographer: Mel Ortiz

It was also a little colder and wet from the morning rain. There was even a couple that ran by in the earlier race as the Titanic in two pieces.  I yelled to them all they were missing was the infamous “iceberg”.  This race is always deceiving since it seems flat but there is a gradual hill on Broadway when you start it and when you are on your way to finish it.  All in all it was fun and great to see a majority of Portlanders and visitors in full costume.

My lobster costume itself was light even with the oversized lobster claws and many runners were surprised okay startled when I would pass them on the left.  The “Run Like Hell” finish line was nearing and I felt a burst of energy come through me and clawed my way (excuse the pun) to the finish with the rest of the runners and cheers from the spectators.  This is a great yearly Halloween event and if you haven’t signed up for it before you should for 2015.

The link is and I can’t wait to see what 2015’s costume theme will be.

Pictured: Mel Ortiz running in as Lobster. Photographer: Tim Fraser


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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