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Running with the Bridesmaids

I have a quirky race tomorrow that I’m oddly looking forward to, called “Running with the Bridesmaids.” I first heard about this run while at the expo for the Diva Dash. There were a lot of slightly offbeat races advertising there and if you’re a regular reader, you know I like a slightly offbeat race. And Running with the Bridesmaids is right up my alley.

It’s a one mile run around the Boston Common (our major park) while wearing the worst bridesmaid dress you can find! Super! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! I promise to run slowly so I can take lots of pictures and you can all join in the madness.

Here’s what I found:

Full length sleeves, high collar, and looks like my grandmother’s couch in the 1980s! Yes!

This is clearly the byproduct of having a costumer’s hoarding tendencies. I love helping people get rid of decades old clothes in case I can ever use them in a play. All these random clothes live in my mother’s attic in meticulously labeled Rubbermaid storage bins (she has more space than I do). It took my mother literally 90 seconds to find this dress when I told her about the run. I had forgotten all about it; but when it comes to clothes, my mother’s mind is a steel trap!

I was hoping some of the women from my Diva Dash team would run with me again, but unfortunately, they are all busy. Being alone, I’m a little nervous about the logistics. I know Boston Common really well, but the race is organized by the Boston Globe, a newspaper not an event company. I don’t even know if there will be bibs! I don’t know how many people to expect. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow. However, being a newspaper, they did a nice job getting sponsors. Tomorrow, people will be winning a trip to Vegas, $5,000 of free jewelery, wedding hair services for something like 8 people, dry cleaning services, and the list goes on. And the run is to benefit the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. I’m pleased about that.

Are you wondering how the area will handle tons of women running around in bridesmaids dresses? Honestly, I don’t even know if they’ll notice. If you’ve never been to the Boston Common, I can assure you, it’s a strange (but wonderful) place. Emerson College (where I got my Master’s degree) is right on the Common and it’s an odd, odd arts school! (And I say that with love). Also, unrelated (possibly) to Emerson, the Common actually has a Quiddich playing field set up… and people are regularly using it for practices and games. Yeah… I have a feeling the bridesmaids thing might be one of the tamer events on the Common tomorrow!

I can’t wait! I promise to share all of the comedy with you!

This only slightly works… but it makes me happy, so I’m going with it.

Comments on: "Running with the Bridesmaids" (6)

  1. Oh my. That dress is BUTT ugly.
    Good thing the race is only a mile – I don’t know how you could move comfortably in that thing.

    • I know, right?! 🙂

      My first thought was: “only a mile? not a 5k?” But I doubt I’ll feel that way by the end… Plus, I’m thinking about running with a petticoat for added volume, because obviously that dress is lacking *something.* (although, the *something* missing might be taste and not more space… ah well)

      • The dress is very Thelma Harper/Mama’s Family. 🙂
        How about a long, gaudy set of pearls? Something that will bounce and hit you in the face the whole run?

      • Oh that’s a great idea! The $5k in jewelery is going to the individual with the “best worst jewelery” and I didn’t think anything would go with that dress, so I’ll only be wearing a fish pin… I should check out a Salvation Army tonight to see if I can find any pearls!

        I have a feeling that I will remember this run as the “most comfortable run ever.” 🙂

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