This entry was written by, Oakley, our Face of the Race contest winner.
Race on the Base will be my first race, ever. For most people, they would focus on getting the right running gear and building endurance to complete the race. For me, the big question was if I would want to run in costume.
That’s right. Costume.
I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of people dressing up for the Disneyland Half Marathon, or other themed fun runs around the country. I’ve seen people run in capes, tutus, silly hats, and even with wings. It seems that dressing up for a run is becoming so popular now that there’s even a website where you can buy skirts and wings specifically for it.
“But, Oakley, this is the Race on the Base! It is not a theme run. Why are you wearing a costume?”
Have you heard of cosplaying? Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is the practice of wearing costumes to portray fictional characters. Have you seen those folks dressed up as super heroes and TV characters at San Diego Comic Con or other science-fiction and comic book conventions? As of last year, I’ve become one of them.
I never thought about combining cosplay with running and I absolutely didn’t intend to run in costume at the Race on the Base at all! But then, over the Thanksgiving holiday, something changed my mind. To get to that, we’re going to have to start from Halloween.
I was trying to come up with a costume for a Halloween party that would involve a pink wig since I already bought one for another cosplay. That was when I found Fluttershy.
Fluttershy is a kind and timid pony from the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. My Little Pony cosplay is actually quite common, but I didn’t think to do that for Halloween. During Thanksgiving, when we told my husband’s nieces who I was for Halloween, the 10-year-old sat me down to watch a few episodes with her–naturally. One of those was “Hurricane Fluttershy”. (You can watch it here: http://youtu.be/YK7vf0OkmRQ)
In this story, the self-conscious Fluttershy was afraid to fly with other Pegasus ponies because she believed she was not good enough. Even after she trained, she still did not have the confidence. In the end, when her friends needed her, Fluttershy jumped in, flew her very best, and saved the day.
The niece turned to me and said, “And you’re training to run a race too, right? So you REALLY are Fluttershy!”
If you believe in signs—and I do—well, there you go.
As Fluttershy said at the end of that episode, “If you just keep your head high, do your best, and believe in yourself… anything can happen.”
So, spot me come race day in a yellow top, pink wig, and a pair of yellow wings. I’m pretty sure I will be hard to miss.