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MMR brings out fun side of mountain running

 

Tommy Wells

A runner dressed as Gumby makes his way toward the finish line in 2016.

Unlike many major sporting events, the Mount Marathon Race also has a place for the offbeat sense of humor-both from the athletes and the spectators.

Don't be too surprised to see racers competing in full body costumes (Gumby is a regular competitor), or onlookers decked out in their best Independence Day regalia, or in their best pink unicorn costume. That is all part of the fun of the weekend's activities.

"I like the costumes they were wearing," said Mallorie Wells, a 10-year-old visitor from Big Spring, Texas, who witnessed her first race last July 4. "It was fun just to watch them run. It was kind of like a parade before the parade."

Tommy Wells

A pink unicorn cheers the runners to the finish line during the 2016 race.

While many of the runners competing in the race are serious about running the mountain, there are even more just thrilled to take part in the annual event. From that group, onlookers will see plenty of color and humor.

In 2016, the race featured a runner wearing a gladiator helmet, one wearing Braveheart face paint, the Birdman (also a regular competitor) and even a runner advertising on his bare skin the need for a wife (no word yet on whether he was successful ). Of course, there are also the runners who sport red, white and blue colors or carry the U.S. flag down Fourth Avenue as they make their way to the finish line.

Onlookers also get into the revelry of the holiday event. More than a few of the spectators will offer up encouragement to the runners while dressed in colorful gear. If you need said gear, don't worry-there will be plenty of vendors happy to help dress you up.

 

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