The date is set, you have registered your team with a great creative name and now its time to figure out how to make your mark on the race.
Obviously the biggest way to make your mark is to win but since only one team can actually win there are other great ways to make your mark during the race. Just think, you have already made your first mark with your team name, you have put thought and creativity into it so lets make the second mark you leave a costume!
A costume sounds kind of daunting I know especially with only one week to race day but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few quick and easy tips:
- Think comfort, remember you will be getting in and out of a vehicle for most of the day. You don’t want to be in something that impedes your movement or race progress
- Think t-shirts, they are a cheap and affordable way to make your team stand out, add some craft paint and glue some items on the represent your team name
- Iron on transfers offer many options
- wool strings and puff balls (spaghetti & meatballs)
- corks or bottle caps
- sparkles or sequins (bubbles from drinks)
- use paint to make plain t-shirts into jerseys, put numbers and food names on the back and your team name on the front (puff paint works great for this)
- Fabric cut out in shapes work great (last year the Dirty Martinis looked great!)
- Hats, hats are an excellent way to create a costume, they are easy to take off when traveling and can garner some excellent attention. Again don’t be afraid to glue items to cheap hats or headbands that represent your team name,
- plastic cutlery (may the forks be with you)
- empty boxes or packaging
- Drink stir sticks (think olives from a martini)
- Plastic food items or toys
- Construction paper (shaped to a hat can make a great pot)
- Look into coveralls, try to stay light so think painters coveralls. You can get them cheap and a little paint on the back can transform you into a fun and easy to spot team
- Add accessories, cooking aprons, chef hats, whisks, wooden spoons etc. things that are light and safe to carry but make sure they are not too expensive incase you accidentally leave them at one your race locations
- Not the creative DYI type? Hit up the local party store you can pick up some great costume pieces like grass skirts, coconut bras, colour coordinated hats etc.
- Lastly and above all remember comfortable shoes, you never know how far you might decide to walk between locations so forgo fashion here for a pair of shoes that you love and will keep you going all day!
If costuming really isn’t your thing there are other fun ways to leave your mark on the race,
- Be friendly, don’t be afraid to talk to other teams, if you see them on the race road say hi and help to point them in the right direction, see how they are doing and talk about how things are going
- Take the time to enjoy the race experiences, talk with the vendors, enjoy the samples, learn more about where you are and what they offer
- Don’t be afraid to tackle silly challenges and make sure your social media accounts are ready to go, post, post, post! Take silly pictures, make videos, post funny comments and even a little friendly smack talk can be fun. Remember, the race organizers will be following all your moves on social media so take advantage of it!
Most of all remember to have fun no matter what else you do!
Hoping to help you all make your mark I am,
Your Everyday Foodie!