Holiday creativity shines at Westlake Center for the 2013 Jingle Bell Run-Seattle

Over 12,000 people gathered near Westlake Center on December 8, 2013 for the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk. This annual 5K event takes over downtown Seattle to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. This year participants and sponsors raised over $644,000 for the foundation!

On this brisk December morning the WALLY team had fun seeing all the holiday inspired costumes at every turn. Some of the most creative costumes we saw was of a nativity scene, a royal ice family, a few participants dressed up as presents, and even a holiday duck! It’s no secret that people in the Northwest are quirky and creative. The fun of dressing up for the festivities is for the costume contest that happens at the end of the event.

As 5k marathons are becoming more popular the outfits for the events are becoming more diverse. If you are considering participating in a 5k in the Northwest during the winter months here are 3 tips the WALLY team would like to share with you to help keep the outfits quirky:

Do It Yourself: Craft stores are a great place to go for a 5k costume. Many outfits you can make are of items you already own and a few items you can pick up from the craft store. A Popular item this season is tutus, which are quick, easy, and fun for all ages. They are also easy to slide over your normal running clothes if you are trying to be both practical and fun.

Participate with a group: Are you participating in the marathon with a team? You know what they say, “the more the merrier!” Some of the costumes in which we’ve seen included: a flock of birds, Santa and his elves, and a doll in a Christmas stocking. Having a team theme keeps the costume idea fun!

Dress for the season/theme: Is there a holiday coming up? Is it going to be warm or cold? Is there a theme for the 5k already? For inspiration think about what is happening near the time of the marathon. Based on the holidays that are surrounding the event there are nearly endless amount of possibilities one (or a group) could use.

Those participants of the Jingle Bell Run sure are quirky, and the WALLY team are quirky experts! What’s the quirkiest marathon costume you have come up with?

by  Mikki Valentine

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