- Race Name: Mustache Dache
- When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 | Where: Seattle, WA
- Prize Drawing: The Mustache Dache is giving two FREE entries to the Gametiime community. Click here and win a free entry!
“The nation’s premier mustache-themed running series” will be once-again take place in Seattle soon. It so-very-appropriately brings awareness to the global men’s health charity, Movember, and features plenty of swag, post-race partying, photos, costumes, and food for all ages. We got a chance to interview Porter Bratten, Race Director (or “Chief Mustache” as he likes to be called) for the Mustache Dache.
Here’s what he had to say about what makes the Mustache Dache such a uniquely fun event. (Warning: You’re in for a good laugh.)
Tell us about the Mustache Dache.
The Mustache Dache is on November 16th, starts at the civilized and user-friendly time of 10am, and is at Magnuson Park, on Lake Washington. It’s a lighthearted and slightly irreverent mustache-themed 5k that supports Movember, the men’s health charity. Every participant gets a bling-bling mustache finisher’s medal!
What can participants expect to see and do? First they can expect to sleep in — we
don’t start the race until 10am, giving folks a chance to have a relaxed morning instead of heading out in a hurry. A lot of participants dress up in costumes–we have several categories and award prizes for the best in each category. Out on the course, runners will have some great views of Lake Washington and the mountains, and a lot of mustaches.
What do you consider to be the best part about the Mustache Dache?
One day, Tom Selleck will show up and I can shake the hand of my childhood hero. But, from a participant perspective, I think the best thing about the race is a really fun and unique experience for a low cost. We give all finishers a chrome mustache finisher’s medal, graphic t-shirt (but you have to sign up before October 13th!), the opportunity to support a really great non-profit, the experience of running a 5K, plus the post-race festivities, which I think is pretty much the family-friendly version of Burning Man (or maybe not), all for a reasonable price. And we won’t throw any chalk at you or make you get dirty in the mud.
How many participants do you expect for the race?
Last year about 1,700 peeps embraced their inner Mario or Luigi. This year we expect more than 2,000 mustacheketeers.
How long has the Mustache Dache been around?
The idea for the Mustache Dache was conceived over a delicious meal of mako shark while my wife and I were visiting friends in Florida. Fish is brain food, so it makes sense that mako shark produces mega-ideas.
Does the Mustache Dache benefit any charitable organizations? Yes, definitely! On a national basis, Movember is our charity partner. Movember aims to forever change the face of men’s health through the power of the moustache, by raising vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Globally, our programs are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Since 2003, 3 million participants have raised over $444MM for the cause, funding 550 programs globally, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries. Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past two years, has been named a Top 100 best NGO by The Global Journal. For more information please visit www.movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
Do you organize other events as well?
I direct the Dilettante Women’s Triathlon as well as am a co-owner of the Snohomish River Run, and an organizer of informal and hotly-contested hot dog eating contests with my family.
Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime community? The Mustache Dache is all about a few key values: inclusiveness, health, and a bit of counterculture fun. We want everyone, whether they’re a runner, walker, or couch potato, to feel welcome at the Mustache Dache. And, we want everyone — men especially — to be healthy and to take good care of themselves. Get yourself checked regularly and be smart.
How can people reach you and find out more about the Mustache Dache?
You can learn more at our website and contact us at email@example.com. Our Facebook page is also a repository of mustache fashion and small hats for cats.
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