, Salem, MA


October 11, 2012

On The Run: Racing in costume takes a special kind of runner


Why do people run in costume? Because they like the attention, and because it’s fun. For all the runners who stress over their split times and carefully monitor their water and sodium intake during a race, you’ve got folks who are just out there to have a good time. It doesn’t hurt that a lot of them, like Adam Campbell, are already good runners, so they don’t have to worry about that aspect of the day.

I just know that if I ever ran in a full costume, I would totally overheat and be miserable. When I start a road race, I get into race mode and just focus on doing well. But I’m not so serious that I can’t enjoy seeing someone else rocking a costume, like the guy I saw running the New York Marathon on a near 80-degree day in a full tuxedo. Hey, somebody’s got to do it. I’m just glad it’s not me.

Starts and stops

Sure, we’re not even at Halloween yet, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Specifically, running on Turkey Day before you dig in to the feast with your family. The 9th annual Wild Turkey 5-Mile Run takes place at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 at the Boys & Girls Club, 13 Hawthorne Blvd, Salem. Sponsored by the New England Running Company and Brooks Sporting Company, the Wild Turkey is the largest race on the North Shore. The first 1,150 entrants receive long sleeve Brooks tech shirts. Visit to register. Post-race refreshments, awards and raffles will be hosted at the Boys & Girls Club. For more information, call Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem at 978-744-0915 or e-mail Doug Bollen at

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