Miles of fun had by many
FLASH might be the fastest man alive, but young Darwin runner Paddy Smith is quickly catching up with his idol.
Wearing a full-length The Flash costume, Paddy, 9, was the first person to cross the finish line in yesterday’s Mitchell Street Mile Donate Life Fancy Dress run.
“I like running — I’m pretty fast,” he said.
Paddy was raising money to support Donate Life. His teammates — Shan Cairnes in a Minion suit and Lee Wood dressed as a crocodile — crossed the finish line much later on.
“It’s so hot out there,” Ms Wood said.
The duo were forced to hold hands the entire race, because the Minion outfit was virtually impossible to see out of.
Running in the Lottoland Defence and Services run were a squad of fireys in their full turnout gear. Under about 20-25kg of heavy uniforms, the firefighters sweated along Mitchell St. “It’s like running in an oven,” Hugh Matthews said.
To train, the team ran four laps up and down Darwin’s Evolution building.
Mates Ian Lacey, John Sawyer and Larry Lacey jogged down Mitchell St in matching tuxedo tees. They had a few pre-run beers before the race.
“It’s important to be well hydrated before any run,” Larry said. Running in a wedding dress was a sweaty experience for Monica Wormald.
“I’m the hottest I’ve ever been,” Ms Wormald said crossing the finishing line.
“I’m not getting married — I’m so single it’s ridiculous.
“But if I did meet someone, I’d be ready to go.”
Billy Rees and Lachlan Butcher, 8, ran the mile in matching Warwick Capper costumes, complete with blonde mullet wigs.
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Mitchell St became a sea of colour as the runners set off in fancy dress
Supporters lined the Mitchell St track, cheering on competitors
Even parents got into the dress-up spirit
All ages attacked the fun run yesterday
Monica Wormald wore a wedding dress
Kim Mychas with Max, 4
Bianca and Holly Thomson get quacking