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My runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Costumes!

I’m big on keeping my race costumes a secret before race day.  I’m not really sure why, but I like having something to “debut” on race morning.

Last weekend, I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon and Disneyland 10k and completed the Dumbo Double Dare.  Two races, two costumes.  I was really excited about these costumes. I started working on them in May (yes, seriously) and I’m quite proud of how they turned out.

For my 10k costume, I knew we’d be mostly in the parks and I wanted something that paid homage to the Disneyland Resort.  One of my favorite shows in all of the resort is Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline.  I’m a sucker for anything retro, especially the 50’s and 60’s.  I scoured the internet for photos and found my inspiration.  With a Sparkle Athletic skirt, some ribbon, felt, a cereal box, a pattern for a PanAm flight attendant hat, and Steam-A-Seam, I was ready to go!  Instead of wearing the typical booty shorts under my sparkle skirt, I opted for a running skirt to add some extra volume and retro flair to the sparkle.

I was worried many people wouldn’t “get” my costume (and, in fact, someone called me Tour Guide Barbie), but a ton of other runners and Disneyland Resort Cast Members were excited about it.  I even made sure to jump up on the show stage for a quick photo opp (I just wish I had adjusted my skirt first! Rats!).

Minnies Fly Girl Costume runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon 10k

For the second race, I wanted to give a nod to the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and went with a ringmaster/Timothy Q. Mouse theme.   Again, I started with a Sparkle Athletic skirt and simply modified the shirt with some ribbon, buttons, and fringe.  I ripped apart a pair of circus Minnie ears I had in the closet and used the tiny top hat and feather to finish off the costume.

runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon and 10k Costume Ringmaster Timothy Mouse

I really do love how my costumes turned out this time around.  All in all, they were very inexpensive to create, and once I had a plan, they were quick to execute.  My biggest advice for running costumes is to start with running clothes as a base and alter them to create the costume.  Sketch out a plan, make a supply list, and go to town!  And remember, you don’t need sewing skills…Steam-A-Seam is my best friend!

I am trying to hurry and plan my Tower 10 Miler costumes for next month.  I have something pretty elaborate in mind, so we’ll see if I have enough time to pull it off!  If all else fails, I know I can rock a Sparkle Athletic skirt and tank and still look (and feel) great!

Question of the day: If you ran in costume last weekend, what did you run as?

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  • Reply Lindsey, the Redhead Baby Mama September 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Super cute – I love the Timothy getup! I’m still working on putting my first PrincessHalf costume together!

    • Reply ashley September 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Reply Allison@Slice of Heaven September 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm


    I just got my components in for my ToT costume. I, too, am keeping it a secret until the race. Can’t wait and I absolutely LOVED your Minnie’s Fly Girl costume. It had me curious, though, as to how you keep those tiny hats secure while running?

    • Reply ashley September 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you! The hats were held in with simple alligator clips you would use to make hairbows. I sprayed my hair with a TON of hairspray, too, to give them something to grab onto. I couldn’t even tell they were there during the race.

  • Reply krissy m. murphy September 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    LOVE how both of these turned out, A! You are the cutest!!!!

    • Reply ashley September 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Thank you, K! You’re pretty adorable yourself, Sarsaparilla. 😉

  • Reply Jenn September 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Absolutely the most adorable! <3

    • Reply ashley September 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      aww, shucks. xoxo

  • Reply Kristen @ The Smith Summary September 9, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    These look AWESOME!!!!

    • Reply ashley September 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Kristen!

  • Reply Danielle September 10, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Love these! Your costumes came out great – I especially love the Minnie’s Fly Girl, I love subtle references like that!

    I actually ran in a costume for the first time for the 10k – my friends and I were the characters from Cars (I was Lightning McQueen!) and a bunch of orange cones! We had so much fun and pretty much stopped for a full on photo shoot in Cars Land, the pictures came out awesome!

    • Reply ashley September 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      That’s so awesome! I love when you can grab a great photo opp in costume.

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