Santa Speed run at the trail of lights 5k

Well I did the Santa Speedo run, we couldn''t have had better weather, in fact it was too hot running in that hat! Not many showed up, but no doubt next year will be a much bigger crowd, especially since one of the guys came 4th overall, and Fox News announced in their coverage that the whole race, with thousands, was the Santa Speedo run.

Since the run was to raise money fro Out Youth, the local gay and lesbian charity for gay kids, we went a little bit further than just speedo's, lots of slogans. I spent most of my time before the race trying to avoid having my picture take standing next to the woman in the red bikini with "my best gay friend ->" on her stomach, and trying to avoid getting in the frame for the tv. interview. Hardly does my immigration and DPS protestations good to be seen already as an activist. Hey, I might have looked like this, but at least I was with her and Cassidy did the handiwork.

We lined up near the back as a group, it took all of 10-12 mins to get to the start line and then we ran through the crowd together. The trail of lights was actually pretty good, it was fun shouting "beware man in speedo" when passing people, and someone from the group shouted "go santa Speedo" - I'd shout "out, out, out" or "come out where ever  you are" - seemed appropriate, but I'm not sure anyone got it.

Head Santa, Cruz, for yes that's his name. Had optimistically printed carol sheets for us to sing while running. a bit over optimistic, first we were running too fast to sing, second, if you took your eyes of the road, we'd have banged into someone as the race was packed. We got a ton of cheers and loads of people took pictures, some of which are bound to show up on flickr, I just hope I was stood on the right side!

Oh yeah, you knew it was the speedo run, it said so on the front of my "costume".  This video has already been posted on youtube. Feel free to donate directly to outyouth here. I finished in 31.20, not bad given we ran together, and through at least 500-750 people!

(The guy that was 4th, was actually second and was local top runner, Derek Yorek. Two guys somehow managed to get ahead of him before the line, given when saw him he was on the shoulder of the winner and everyone else was way back, one can only assume they cut the course. Also in the top-50 or so was alkaloids , they were both speedo clad!).

The Allen Chen from the austinist has posted a slideshow here. If you don't read the austinist, you should, its a great place for news, events and opinions on Austin. It's where I first read about the Santa Speedo run!
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Very very cool
I like the top pic with - uhh, is that guy in a motorcycle helmet in the background?
Re: Very very cool
That was Ed Cruz, the Santa Speedo organizer, it wasn't a motorcycle helmet, more a padded helmet with antlers, or horns, depending on your perspective.
Totally wild!
Ha, that's amazing! Great photo's! Way to go!
Good job! I saw the "I'm with my gay best friend-->" couple, but missed the rest. I started way way in the back, I wasn't even sure when they actually started the "race."

Is that your race number magic markered on your arm?
Haha well done. Yeah we didn't register for or do the santa speedo run with the "team" but Derek (my teammate) and I represented our little "team" Team Hump in speedos and hats. God, it was WAY too hot. Like, whoa. I took off the hat for a bit in the dark back section around 2.5 mi because I just couldn't deal with it. It was a ton of fun, though. So yeah, that was my roommate Derek who finished high up there. Apparently some of the Cedar Park kids cut about 45 seconds off the course and so finished between he and the first place guy... And he sat back the first mile to lead out his buddy at 5:40 pace (which he still went faster than), so he had planned on it being a challenge to catch the first place runner. He was really really upset about the kids that cut the course though. Oh well.

I had a good-ish race. My pacing was all messed up, and so the third mile hurt way more than any 7:30 mile should. I ran 20:22 or so overall with 5:42, 6:37, 7:32 mile splits so yeah. It was a good time. I saw you guys when I was on the finishing side and you were just getting out onto Barton Springs Road. I think, at least. I saw another several people in speedos, but that was the only others I saw...

It was actually pretty funny, Derek, being the superstar he is, dragged me up to the front like normal so we were standing by the RunTex lead truck when they sang the national anthem and right afterwards, Derek and I jogged down the chute to the starting line to a mass of cheers and photo-taking and all that. The announcer then started talking about the speedo santas or whatever, but yeah, that was us. Awesome time. :)

Here's the only decent-ish photo of me I've found from it:
I think I broke the world trying to post that comment and it may have come as an anonymous one. I'll post basically that comment in my LJ. :) Well done.
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Way cool... I had to lose the hat too... who'd have thought it would be that warm. Yes, it was weird to see on the news Derek come 4th, as he was clearly sitting on the shoulder on the leader when they came through just before we reached the Mopac bridge, and unless he had a major breakdown theres no way they could have caught him.

Sorry I missed you, maybe some other time, although was potentially the closest we'd come to running together!
*laughing uproariously*

How Wonderful!

Thanks for sharing pics! Looks like you had a Ho Ho Ho good time. Weeeeeee!