by Meghan Bruce
With the New York City Marathon and Princeton Half Marathon excitement, I’m a little late on writing this post, but who doesn’t love a great Halloween recap anytime? I’ll preface this with: Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, and I certainly was not going to pass up the opportunity to bring my Halloween excitement to work.
First, there was the annual PRC pumpkin. This was the third year I painted a store pumpkin.
Evolution of the PRC pumpkin (pardon the old logo)…
And this year (drumroll)…
I decided to take it a step further this year and combine the holiday theme with our Nathan “Get Lit” visibility themed window:
I hope you got a chance to see the Halloween window & got a few laughs thanks to that perfect “if the shoe fits” decorative sign I found!
If the pumpkin and the window weren’t enough, I threw together a running-related costume to wear at work on Thursday! After brainstorming about how I might make myself into a human Stick or foam roller without much luck, I settled on an inspiring female distance runner. Working dressed in running clothes > working dressed in a delicately-adjoined cardboard contraption. So…Grete Waitz came back to life for the day, and had time for some photos. For those of you who don’t know who Grete was, she not only won her first marathon ever (New York, 1978), but ran a world record time (2:32:30). She went on to win the New York City Marathon nine times, as well as the London Marathon in 1983. She earned silver in the 1984 Olympics and also claimed several IAAF World Cross country titles in the late 70s and early 80s. She was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer in 2005, and turned her focus toward helping others fight the disease. She founded the organization Aktiv mot Kreft (Active against Cancer), raising money for cancer hospitals and encouraging patients to exercise for their health and well-being. Grete died in April 2011, and New York Road Runners dedicated the 2011 ING New York City Marathon to her memory. Learn more about Grete and her accomplishments here. It was fitting that Halloween was days before the 2013 New York City Marathon; here are some pictures from the Grete costume photoshoot….
Our store saw a lot of trick-or-treaters, so it was a good thing we took a trip to CVS and stocked up on lots of candy! If we hadn’t, I think the kids would have been really disappointed with expired Gu Chomps and gels….The one questionable visitor was a kid who had been given an entire bottle of Coca-Cola because the house he had just visited “ran out of candy.” That was a first (the poor parents…at least he had a good Halloween night)!
Another notable event that day was a run-by from the entire Princeton High School cross country team! They were all dressed in costume and ran down the main street in front of our store during practice. Here are a few photos; more can be found here!
We hope you had as great of a Halloween as we did! If you dressed in any running-related costumes, for a race or otherwise, please share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook page!