Leasure Suit Running- Alger Heights 5K Race Report
Getting dressed up in costume to go run a 5k has become an annual tradition. On October 29th, 2011 my family got in our costume and towed the line with over 823 other runners and walkers. The 3rd Annual Alger Heights 5k is a hidden jem amoung local races. Every year it has grown, with this year being double the entrants from the first year. Running through the streets of this small neighborhood inside the city limits of Grand Rapids is a peaceful and silly event.
Costumed runners entertained me as they ran by. Smurfs and Zombies all on the same course. This year people went all out with costumes. Very cool costumes. No way would my caveman costume from last year win this years event. Another great reason I love this race is all the friends that show up. One of my classmates was married the night before and her and her husband showed up in Wedding dress and Tux to run the race.
My wife and daughter planned their costumes for weeks and even picked me out one (that I didn’t wear at the last minute). My wife found a 70′s era wedding dress on one of her weekly Goodwill adventures, and my daughter was Little Bo Peep and had lost her sheep (She just needed to turn around and grab it off her back). They worked hard on their costumes and ran well. My daughter cut off 2 minutes 42 seconds off her time and I was able to cut off 1 min 46 seconds off my time from last year.
My last minute costume change turned out well. I decided to wear a 70′s style leasure suit that I had in the c
loset from a party 4 year ago when I went as Milton from Office Space. This time the suit was too big instead of bulging at the seams. It wasn’t easy running in a leasure suit, but it was funny. People seemed to be impressed with the effort, and there wasn’t too many people in front of me wearing full costumes that restricted running.
One of the coolest things to witness was our friend April Butler, finishing her first ever 5K on her 30th birthday. Last year her husband Ryan finished his first ever 5K. So exciting to see our friends take up running and getting healthy.
Till Next Year!