Three days after Thanksgiving, on a balmy Saturday morning in Minneapolis, Movember was coming to an end for thousands of runners. November 30, 2013, marked the second Moustache Run, and I have ran both events. Last year, it was only an untimed 5k. This year they kept the 5k and added a timed half-marathon! This event raises money for prostate cancer awareness. From moustacherun.com website:"CHARITY Every three minutes, a new case of prostate cancer is diagnosed in the United States. Every 15 minutes, a man dies from it. As an extension of the movement, we’re raising money to help find a cure, and support men’s health, in general. Portions of Moustache Run proceeds go directly to organizations dedicated to prostate cancer research and support in the local communities where we host our event."
The spirit in the air was not only a hum of excitement from runners, but also from the GOOD that this awareness is bringing. As every themed race, the creativity of what runners brought was outstanding. There were real 'staches of all shapes and sizes, along with non-real moustaches on all ages and genders. There were hats and some runners dressed head to toe (why didn't I get pictures?!?!). We even found Waldo! This event was the largest Moustache Run in the country. They chose a beautiful 5 K course and, from what I depicted of the map, a beautiful half-marathon course. There was Muscle Milk, water, and saltiness after the race just before heading to the indoor post-race party. Hot chocolate, $5 t-shirts (and now I wonder why didn't I buy one?!?!), and some beers were available throughout the beautiful setup of the Minneapolis Event Center. There was a big improvement upon last year's event, and I look forward to the 2014 event, and might consider partaking in a longer distance should they keep it in the mix!
After a little after-partying (I didn't drink), I headed to Thanksgiving celebration #3, and enjoyed a second serving of pie to celebrate my race! Did you celebrate Movember? Did you do a race near Thanksgiving? What pie did you eat!?