Photo Gallery: Marathons are the new Halloween

While many runners mostly worry about finishing the race, others are here for the entertainment. With lovely results.

Marathons, half-marathons and other running contests always are a lively and colourful event worth attending, if you’re not into running yourself.

As in any crowd, some people experience a powerful need to stand out, to look different, or to surprise others simply.

For some reason, running contests are great for that. Zombie Run and Color Me Rad are much more about looking fabulous than finishing the race. But marathons in costumes are still a thing and will probably be for a while.

The combined Birmingham International Marathon and the Birmingham Great Run events of yesterday were giving us further reasons to love marathons as either a spectator or a casual runner. Here are 50 pictures to prove it (you can zoom any of them by clicking on it).

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