Creative marathon runners around the world

Looking for costume ideas for your next race? We have put together a collection of some of the most creative costumes seen in races and marathons all over the world.

London Marathon, U.K.

Fancy dress costume at the 2012 Virgin London Marathon-802356Don’t drink and run!

chicken costume london marathonNo chickening-out for this one.

133673906_0baa473d58The bird is the word.

costumes-london-marathon-2009-12 rubyRubik’s cube – a very creative one.

paddington_bear7_470x353The Paddington bear.

rhino costume london marathonSave the rhino. An amazingly detailed costume.

Fancy dress costume at the 2012 Virgin London Marathon-802358Still looking for those droids…

Fancy dress costume at the 2012 Virgin London Marathon-802370Must be hot in there…

Hong Kong Marathon

125301-sharks-at-the-hong-kong-marathonSharks came out to play.

Tokyo Marathon

126577-swan-at-the-tokyo-marathonNot much to comment here…

126136-tokyo-marathon-monster-costumeAnother nominee for the special effects award!

Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia

125236-gold-coast-marathon-convict-costumesRunning to freedom.

Geelong Half Marathon, Australia

126081-camel-at-the-geelong-half-marathonThis duo of runners decided to go in a camel costume.

Vancouver Sun Run

Pac Man in the Vancouver Sun Run 2006Nom nom nom

New York City Marathon

banana-marathon-runnerAs if running a full marathon wasn’t bananas enough!

Brighton Marathon

brighton marathon wheres-waldo-runnerWe finally found him.

 Boston Marathon

125382-elvis-in-the-boston-marathonThe king lives!

Bonus: San Diego Costume Party Run Half Marathon & 5K (Link)

A costume-only race in the U.S.A., and what’s more, this half-marathon has the world’s biggest finisher medal!

The design of the medal is a Classic 45 Record, with silhouettes of dancing party people and a real disco ball in the center.

Worlds Largest Half Marathon Medal


Largest Half Marathon Medal


Featured photo credit: Photo by PA Photos /


  1. i challenge those guys to wear those (thick) over-sized costumes on a run here in Singapore ! lol
    the humidity’s gonna get them for sure !

    my personal fave are the prisoners
    simply bcos they were chained together … and so have to do everything together (assuming they were chained together thru out the run)
    all have to run together, drink together, pee together …
    if one had cramps, the others also affected
    if one dun feel like running, the other 2 can carry him lol