When we started running races, we did not have a blog, we weren't on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any form of social media. Social media, what's that?
For this reason we had
no idea that people dressed in costume for races, especially those Disney ones. The Disney 5k races were the first ones that our family started doing together.
We picked up our race shirt at the expo and of course it seemed fitting to wear it to the race the following day.
Why did we wear it?
After all, we are adults so where else are we going to be able to wear a cotton t-shirt with a Disney character on it?
Yes, the race shirt is made of cotton but we are only running a short 5K distance.
It stuck with the theme. It's nice to get a picture of yourself in your race shirt AT the actual race you are running.
I think we wore the cotton race shirt three years in a row for the Disney 5K races.
Will we do it again?
Probably not. We will continue to dress for the "theme" of the race but we would much rather do it in a fun costume. For non-Disney race we would never wear a cotton t-shirt to race in either. I do not judge people who DO wear the cotton race shirts though. I like to see they are supporting the cause!
What about other race shirts?
For other long distances races it is usually way too warm to wear the race shirt during the race. For that reason alone, we don't generally wear the shirt. However, there are always exceptions to this. If it is a cooler day, why not wear the race shirt?
I've worn the race shirt twice already for the April Fools race and Lacey has worn her Big Sur shirt during her race. We wore the long sleeve race shirt during the Disney Half marathon last year out of necessity.
Why did we wear it?
These races were not suitable for a "costume" or a "themed outfit".
They were tech shirts.
The weather was cool.
For the Disney Half marathon last year we DID indeed have tank tops to wear during the race and did not anticipate wearing the race shirt. However, the weather became VERY cold and since it was the only long sleeve shirt we had (besides the marathon shirt) we had no choice. No harm done though because thousands of runners were wearing the race shirt to stay warm.
Would we wear it again?
Heck yea. I like "themeing it up" and hope to wear the race shirt for the April Fools race next month. I didn't wear it last year because the cut of the shirt was too large.
Final Thoughts: I have no idea why people get so bent out of shape when other people wear the race shirt to the race. I know they think that they need to "earn" the right to wear the shirt and if they didn't already run it, then they shouldn't wear it. I call bull honky on this. Unless it says "Finisher" on your shirt (which I then agree you probably shouldn't jinx yourself and wear it for the race), than it's okay.
Now I do agree that you should not wear an "I did it" shirt that you bought at the expo.
I know others live by the concept "nothing new on race day" and I admit that IS a valid point. Fortunately we've never had a problem in that area.
So there's our two cents on this highly debatable topic. Seriously I don't even know why this is such a controversy among runners.
We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.