Many years ago during my first Rock n Roll VA Beach experience, my mom and I encountered a group of female runners. My mother got talking to them and they told her how they all got their hair and nails done for the occasion and that they were even wearing false eyelashes. I should mention they were wearing full make up as well. I thought this was all a little much for a race where you were going to get all sweated up anyway, but hey, to each their own.
At Disney races there are always runners who are going to stop for pictures with characters, landmarks and heck might even stop to ride a roller coaster! You may think, why on earth would anyone want to do something that would purposely add any more time to their race? But they do. Again, to each their own.
At any given race ( not just Disney) you may see runners dressed in costume. You may see runners doing run/ walk or even a walk/walk/jog. Once again, to each their own.
I have a point to this post, just stick with me.
I have heard my students say "If you're not gonna try to win, then why bother racing?"
Not exactly the best attitude to have now is it?
|Throwback pic to our first race|
I admit the term "Race" gives off a connotation that when you run you have to beat "someone" or some "time". During my very first race, Disney's Royal Family 5K, I went in with the mentality that I was NOT stopping for pictures. Why would I do that? It's a race afterall. How could I be racing if I was going to be stopping. And taking pictures during a race, who does that? But let me tell you, after talking with a group of girls besides us in the corral (who told us we should stop and take pictures and enjoy it), we indeed decided to stop.
I mention all of this, the dress, the pace, the taking pictures, etc because a race is SO much more than just your time at the finish line. Yea, so maybe the make-up, hair, and nails were all a little overkill to run VA Beach but it looked like those girls were having a girls weekend where they wanted to pamper themselves. The people who run Disney and stop for pictures and ride rides, they are making some of the best memories (believe me) and they are certainly getting their monies worth out of their race registration! And the people who are walking/jogging, well maybe they aren't hard core runners but just want to be a part of the experience or support the cause.
Everybody runs races for a different experience. Yes there are some that are looking to PR, some that want to BQ, others that want to complete a life goal, and others that want to just have a fun time!
Sure I've seen people approach a race differently than what I would have and I learned to never judge somebody's "Why". So next time you see someone racing in a costume, someone racing in false eyelashes, or someone stopping during a race to take a photo, ask yourself "Why not"?