Race report: Totally 80’s Run

The Awesome 80’s run was a shot of neon in my otherwise chilly gray Sunday morning.

[Wait, let’s back that up a second — and strike a pose — to fully appreciate these outfits!]

I very much enjoyed the warm-up dance, the Michael Jackson impersonator who MC’d the event and running alongside about 80% women and 97% costumed-runners doing either a 5k or 10k run. Aside from the many leg warmers and leotards, we saw a few different Madonnas, Flock of Seagulls (whom I mistook for a group of chickens), Pac Man running with ghosts, a few Mario sisters, and some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Never before have I personally loaded on the eye make up before running.

I did the race with two of my girlfriends and we impressed ourselves with our blistering pace of 10:30. Sub-11 minute miles. Thank you very much!

Totally Tubular

Like, the other really rad part was some other bodacious runners blaring some tunes on their (inflatable) boom boxes. We caught fragments of Baby Got Back and Don’t Stop Believin’ at some challenging parts of the course. Lesson learned: don’t karaoke-yell any Journey highnotes on an uphill.

Umm, totally gnarly

I feel like I also have to mention a few OhMyGod like totally gnarly moments too. The race was very poorly organized. If you believe the posted start time, it started 45 minutes late. There was no music along the course except what other runners were carrying. There was only one mile marker (pictured below) and it was not a 10k but rather 6.5 miles.

My bottom line is that if a 10k is not a big deal for you, enjoy the sea of costumed runners and have a good morning. If you need a little more organization, this race might frustrate you.

[Photos by Sunny McKay, the hottie in the gold lame]


  1. Ha ha ha! They clearly need more mile markers because I love the Ghostbuster and Pac Man ones. Also, you look adorable.

  2. I loved the mile marker too. I think it was around mile 5 when we saw this mile 2 marker again. :-)

  3. Whoa, lots of NEON!! Might have blinded me! But oh so fun!!

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