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COSRUNNING: RUNNING SCAREY

This is the seventh installment in Jake’s CosRunning Series. You can check out his first feature on CosRunning & his second feature, where he showed you how he brought the characters from the Cars franchise to life.  He got a little more daring in Part 3 as he channeled his inner Disney Princess and transformed into the Little Mermaid. His next installment brought you to Neverland as he created Peter Pan’s Shadow. In part 5 Jake returned to Neverland to join the Lost Boys. Part 6 got a little darker as Jake showed you how to run a Galactic Empire with Star Wars inspired running costumes. You can also check out our picture gallery of race costumes on our Facebook page.  If you are looking for ways to add more character to your Casual Running adventures, consider running races in Costumes.  Jake will be bringing you more great features with costuming ideas – including how he creates his great looks – that are both awesome looking and runner friendly.

IMG_20151105_192351762In this chapter, I violate Code 2319, but luck out on a couple other things.

CHARACTER: George Sanderson (Monsters Inc.)
EVENT: WDW Wine & Dine (half) Half Marathon
DATE: November 05, 2015

CONCEPT

For the 2015 Wine and Dine Half Marathon, there were so many different places to look for costume inspiration that it was difficult to pin down an idea. I had considered running as George Sanderson for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler before they canceled it. I kept the idea in the back of my mind, but wasn’t sure he was the right choice for Wine and Dine.

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The full Casual Runner Monsters, Inc. Running Team for Wine & Dine 2015!

As November kept getting closer and closer, the pressure was on to pin down a concept and go with it. That was about the time Mike let us know that his girlfriend talked him into finally running in costume (I knew it was just a matter of time) and they wanted to do a group costume theme with us. We bounced a few ideas back and forth and finally settled on Monsters Inc. Since I was already considering George, and Jennifer liked the idea of doing a Roz costume (a Roztume if you will), it was an easy decision.

DESIGN

Once we decided to do a Monsters Inc. theme and I knew I was running as George, my direction was clear. George is orange with yellow stripes, has a horn on the top of his head, and (what I knew would be his most defining feature) a little girl’s sock on his back. I still had the orange shorts and a long sleeve running shirt that I used for my X-Wing Luke costume at the Star Wars Half Marathon, so those pieces became the base for creating George.

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2319! 2319!

I found and ordered an orange hat online that was close enough to the right shade of orange to work for the costume. I also ordered a pair of Halloween makeup effect horns that would work for George’s hood ornament and purchased some yellow fabric paint from the local craft store.

For the most iconic piece of the costume, I got lucky… Jennifer and I were on a routine trip to Target and we took a spin through the kids socks section and, though I was looking for something that would be a close match to the sock George had on his back in the movie, there was a pack of Frozen socks that I thought would be a nice tie to another beloved Disney cartoon, so I grabbed them. I decided to use one of the Princess Anna socks since the colors worked well and her pose made her face more visible than the Olaf sock that took second place.

CREATION

Once I had all the clothing and craft supplies I needed for the project, I got to work. Up to that point, I hadn’t found a great tool for masking off fabric to make straight lines, so I decided to try some generic athletic tape I happened to have on hand. It actually worked pretty well for adding the yellow stripes to my orange shirt, with just enough tack to stay in place during painting without making it hard to remove… I will likely use it again for future projects. I also knew from painting Jennifer’s Mighty Ducks jersey that fabric paint gets pretty stiff when you use too much. So, I used a small sponge to lightly dab the paint on, which let some of the orange show through and gave the paint a fur-like texture.

IMG_20151108_242920170To give the flexible rubber horn it’s shape, I filled it with school glue and tissue paper and let it dry. I then used fabric glue to attach it to the hat and held it in place with a large thumb tack pushed through from inside the hat. Since the thumb tack had a nice smooth, flat surface, there was no reason to remove it when the glue dried, so I left it in place. I also used fabric glue to attach the sock to the back of the shirt once the yellow paint had dried.

RACE DAY

We all know by now that the weather wasn’t great for the 2015 Wine and Dine half of a Half Marathon, but it was actually pretty lucky for me. I was nursing a foot injury (sesamoiditis if you want to look it up) and was worried about making it through the whole race, not to mention the runDisney Avengers Challenge the following weekend. So, I was probably one of the least disappointed people when they announced the course would be cut in half.

Not only did that make it a better race for me, but my costume was a huge hit on the course.

To me, George’s 2319 violation was one of the funniest and most memorable parts of Monsters Inc., but I didn’t realize how popular he was until race day. Not everyone remembered his name (though, a surprising number of people did), but everyone remembered Code 2319. I didn’t go more than 5 minutes during the race without someone shouting “2319!” at me or commenting on how much they liked my costume. It was awesome. I’ve gotten a lot of on-course love for quite a few of my costumes, but I think you would have to take the comments from all the other costumes and add them together to come close to the love George Sanderson got at Wine and Dine. Thanks, guys!

IMG_20151116_083312040GEAR

Garmin Forerunner 220
Mizuno Men’s Wave Inspire 11 Running Shoes
Injinji Run Original Weight No Show Xtralife Socks
Under Armour Men’s HeatGear Compression Shorts
Under Armour Men’s Original Series Tank
Nike Men’s Dri-Fit Victory Basketball Shorts
Nike Men’s Dri-Fit Element Half Zip Long Sleeve Running Shirt
Headsweats Performance Race Running/Outdoor Sports Hat

We all have our own motivations for running, but most of us do it because it’s fun. And running in costume only adds to the fun. Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas for your next CosRunning adventure.

Don’t forget to Check out the other installments of Jake’s CosRunning Series. You can read his first feature on CosRunning & his second feature, where he showed you how he brought the characters from the Cars franchise to life.  He got a little more daring in Part 3 as he channeled his inner Disney Princess and transformed into the Little Mermaid. His next installment brought you to Neverland as he created Peter Pan’s Shadow. In part 5 Jake returned to Neverland to join the Lost Boys. Part 6 got a little darker as Jake showed you how to run a Galactic Empire with Star Wars inspired running costumes. You can also check out our picture gallery of race costumes on our Facebook page.  If you are looking for ways to add more character to your Casual Running adventures, consider running races in Costumes.  Jake will be bringing you more great features with costuming ideas – including how he creates his great looks – that are both awesome looking and runner friendly.

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