A lot of furor has been raised over RunDisney’s new costume requirements, especially as the announcement came right before two major races weekends, Walt Disney World Marathon and Star Wars Half Marathon.
I’ve definitely heard concern by Star Wars runners regarding this line:
Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
No Jedi Robes?
Although it may not be fair to announce new costume guidelines right before races when people have already worked on their costumes, I think I understand what RunDisney is trying to get at, although the wording on the “layered costumes” line is problematic and ambiguous.
Overall, I am okay with seeing less large bulky or prop-based costumes. They were amusing, but also contribute to crowding on course. This may also require a little more creativity into converting an idea into a running-friendly costume—I’ve always had fun seeing how runners do that, especially for the longer races.
I love running in costume, but I also believe they should be inherently running friendly, to the runner and to others on course.