Running-Related Halloween Costumes

Not sure what to be for Halloween? Don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on your costume? How about being a runner stereotype?

It should be obvious that this is tongue-in-cheek and I’m not intentionally trying to offend anyone specific, but rather, offend everyone equally. 

Old-school runner: Shirt from a long-ago race (bonus points if it’s from the 1980s or earlier), short shorts, tube socks (preferably pulled up to the knee), retro sneakers, sweatband/headband. Bonus: mustache.

Cute girlie runner: Skirt (preferably one that sparkles), knee socks (compression or not), arm warmers, shirt with a saying that references fast women or tough chicks or running divas or something else girlie. Bonus: pigtails and/or cute headband.

Oh. Haaaaayyyyy.

Bleeding-Nipples Guy: White shirt. Ketchup stains applied to nipple area. Grimace on face.

Pregnant Runner: Wear your usual running clothes, pin a fake bib to your shirt, and stuff an inflated balloon underneath. I kind of wanted to do this last Halloween, after the news of the runner who gave birth later in the day after finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2011.

Olympic Marathoner: Running briefs (or bikini bottom), sports bra (or a singlet if you’re not gutsy enough), fake bib pinned to your top, compression socks, arm warmers, no make-up, hair pulled back in simple pony tail or bun. Optional: choker, sunglasses. But NO HAT.

Olympic Sprinter: Running briefs (or bikini bottom), sports bra (or a singlet if you’re not gutsy enough), fake bib pinned to your top, full face of make-up, jewelry (including hoop earrings), pony tail – preferably something long and curly.

Forrest Gump: Plaid shirt, tan pants, baseball cap (preferably Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. if you can find one), long hair and beard (wig and fake beard if necessary).

High School Cross Country dude: Only works if you’re really skinny (and male). Matching shorts and singlet. Optional: tuck singlet into the back of your shorts and go shirtless.

Newbie Runner: Shirt and bib from the same race. Camelback.

Ultra Runner: Normal running clothes, Camelback, FuelBelt or handheld, dirt smeared on your legs and hands, plastic baggie of real food, like pretzels or bite-size pieces of PB&J sandwiches, hat, sunglasses, crazy look in your eyes.


What other easy running-related costumes can you throw together?

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13 Comments on “Running-Related Halloween Costumes”

  1. Gingerfoxx – Show up late wearing make-up from night before, take shots or other alcoholic beverages on course.

    Paul Ryan – Spend the whole time shouting “I’m actually running significantly faster than i appear”


    I actually love every time i see a forrest gump in a race – best costume ever.


    I especially love the bleeding nipple guy and Olympic sprinter. you certainly nailed that one on the head with the weave, full makeup and hood earrings. 🙂

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