Top Halloween Costumes for Runners & Local Races – Chattanooga, TN

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By Shelby Deering, Runner’s World

As fall weekends lead up to Halloween, chances are that there’s at least one or two Halloween-themed races slated for your area. And if you’re a runner who loves a great costume paired with an equally-great race time, you’ll likely do your homework to find a disguise that looks amazing, has major crowd appeal, and allows you to run well.

(Or if you’re more of a festive-tank-wearing racer, check out our Women’s Natural High Tank.)

With the help of Spirit Halloween, we’ve been helping runners find some of the top costumes each year. We picked out some of our favorites from the website’s New for 2017 list, brimming with on-trend costumes—Stranger Things, Beauty and the Beast, and superhero flicks figure prominently.

After making our picks, two of the world’s top costumed runners weighed in. Camille Herron holds the female marathon record while wearing a Spiderman costume (2:48:51) and Michael Wardian holds the male marathon record while wearing an Elvis costume (2:38:04). Along with being amazing runners even when not dressed in costume, these two can also be considered experts when it comes to capes, bodysuits, masks, and other pieces that can make or break a race.


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Wonder Woman

This was one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, and rightfully so. Gal Gadot ushered in Wonder Woman for a new generation, a version that was tough, gritty, and brandished some impressive muscles.

Should you race as the gold-plated superhero? Herron’s main concern is “mobility,” specifically “with the boots covering the knees.” Beyond that, she believes that it doesn’t look all that difficult to run in. She adds, “Hopefully there are bloomers under the skirt!” (Thankfully, there are attached shorts under the dress.) You can breathe a sigh of relief that the only thing you’ll be flashing are those shiny armbands.


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Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow is a classic character and one that seems to reappear year after year. (What sequel are we on now? Five? 100?) But this pirate costume, complete with boots and a fancy sash, will never get old.

Should you race as the swashbuckler of the high seas? Wardian admits that racing in this costume could present a boatload of complications. He says that “there is a lot going on” and “the hat and bandana are going to be super-hot and, most importantly, hard to keep on.” If you’re planning to wield that sword, he notes that it “will present problems with grabbing water and fuel during the race.” He adds that the overcoat will be really hot.

This ensemble might be best for seasoned costumed runners who don’t mind a challenge. Also, pray for a cold day, because running in a heatwave could be a real trick.


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Ruth
There was plenty of glitz, big hair, and sleeper holds on the hit Netflix show Glow, and this costume fits the bill. Ruth was the scrappy, determined underdog, an image that could add fuel to your fire during your race.

Should you race as the actress-turned-wrestler? Herron gives this one her seal of approval, saying, “This one looks awesome! I’ve always wanted to race in a bikini or bathing suit.” She recommends that you should train in it to see if you’ll need to wear a sports bra and to make sure there’s “no chafing down below.” The material might be flimsy or not supportive. (If running in a bikini can be done, this bodysuit might be a cinch.)


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Bob Ross
This year saw a resurgence of fans for Bob Ross, the permed, oh-so-chill artist of The Joy of Painting fame. All those happy little clouds could lead to a happy little race in this costume.

Should you race as the bearded, soothing artist? Surprisingly, Wardian says that the Bob Ross costume is “actually pretty runnable.” “The dress shirt is lightweight,” he says, “And the jeans are okay—completely possible and not too bad.” He recommends running shoes over Bob’s slip-ons, and as for the wig and beard? “Well, for me, no issues there,” says Wardian, who has his own long hair and beard. “I think it would just be getting used to having hair in your eyes.”


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Barb
Oh, poor Barb. The oft-neglected character viewers mourned on Stranger Things. In 1983, she didn’t look especially cool, but in 2017? That ruffled shirt, acid-washed jeans, and loafers just scream “hipster.”

Should you race as the friend with the (spoiler) untimely demise? This is another costume that could be “pretty warm” to race in, says Herron. “I would want to train in it to see if there’s any chafing,” she says. Those skinny jeans are totally tubular, but Herron says that it looks like they’d limit mobility. “If it rained, the cotton would get heavy and cold—not good for moisture-wicking.”

And the loafers could really put a damper on your race.


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Dustin Henderson
When he wasn’t playing Dungeons & Dragons, Dustin Henderson won our hearts as the wry, caring friend with a slight speech impediment in Stranger Things.

Should you race as the kid who faced down the Demogorgon? This might be the best costume on the list for running. “With a trucker hat and T-shirt, this is super-easy,” Wardian says. “This is most runners’ outfits, especially in an ultrarunner daily kit. I think you can take this costume and fly.” Just be sure not to fly into the Upside-Down.


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Gaston
The live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast held much of the magic of the original, along with Emma Watson’s charm and Luke Evans’ brawny biceps as Gaston.

Should you race as the village’s pompous bachelor? Gaston would never back down from a challenge, but you might if you wear this costume during a race. Wardian says that it could be a difficult one because “it has a lot of layers.” He says, “The overcoat will not allow your body to sweat as efficiently.”

In addition to that sweat, this costume could create chafing. “The belt, holster, and vest will all chafe, so you might need to lube up with Squirrel’s Nut Butter,” says Wardian.


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Optimus Prime
As the top Transformer, you might be feeling big and bad in this machine-inspired costume as you eye up the finish line.

Should you race as a robot in disguise? Herron says that this looks a lot like the bodysuit she raced in when she set the record as Spiderman. “This should be light and easy to move in,” she says. Although it might be an aerodynamic pick for a race, she does add that she’d worry about chafing, heat production, and the ability to go to the restroom. “You can’t zip off if you’re going for a Guinness World Record!” she says


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Star-Lord
As the goofy-yet-courageous lead character in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Star-Lord sure knew how to work a moto jacket, the perfect accompaniment to the rocking 70s soundtrack.

Should you race as a guardian of the galaxy? Wardian thinks that this costume looks “kind of easy.” “It will be an issue of staying cool, but the rest of the outfit is just jeans and a T-shirt.” He says that to complete the costume, you should think about getting the optional Star-Lord mask.

But the mask can present its own set of hurdles. Wardian says, “Being able to see is really important for these costumes because seeing where to get water, the course, and most importantly, other runners, is key.” Wear with caution.


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Americana
Colonial America has suddenly become our country’s hottest historical period thanks to a little Broadway musical that no one can still get tickets to. If you’d like to wear this look as an homage to Hamilton, this costume is right up your alley.

Should you race as a female version of a founding father? As she straightforwardly shares, Herron sees some pitfalls in this costume. “Mobility would probably be limited by the boots and jacket, and I’d worry about any seams chafing and heat production.” If this costume is just too revolutionary to run in, it might be a good idea to save it for a non-running event, like your pal’s yearly Halloween bash.


2017 Local Fall & Halloween Themed Races – Chattanooga, TN