Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Top 10 Ways to be a Hipster Ultra Runner

Trey Bailey & Maxwell Ferguson illustrating multiple hipster ultra looks, picture courtesy Uphill Running

DISCLAIMER: As an expert in the field of Hipster Ultra Running looks, I want to express my respect for all the hipsters out there. I will begin by illustrating why I feel qualified to write about Ultra Running Hipster styles. Please note that I wear pink ironically. I also wear bikinis ironically.
As the final evidence in qualifications, I make my own coffee with an aeropress, a high performance single cup coffee maker, all the while wearing crazy leggings when I'm road tripping in the middle of Las Vegas because Starbucks just won't cut it for me.
Now that we've established my qualifications as an author, I'd like to jump right into the 10 most hipster ultra running looks. You too can be a Hipster Ultra Runner by adopting some or all of these looks. 

1. Mustaches: Sorry ladies, you're not gonna like this, but mustaches are the perfect hipster accessory for men. 
Adam Hewey illustrates Hipster look #1. Photo by by Glenn Tachiyama at Yakima Skyline 50k
Guys: this is the mustache you should be shooting for. Dominic Grossman, by Matt Trappe
2. Beards: The less groomed the beard, the more legit. Add a cowboy hat and collared shirt, if possible. 
Rob Krar, photo by Mike Davis. 
Dominic is getting a lot of hair time on this post, but he clearly has the hair for it. Grossman is an example of a totally legit hipster groomed beard. Dominic Grossman by Jayme Burtis

3. Costumes: Whether you are pacing or racing, costumes will help establish your hipster cred.
Angel Mathis and Alicia Woodside, by Glenn Tachiyama

Quadruple whammy! Sean Meissner wears a trucker hat, costume, and wild beard DURING a beer mile. Sean may be the ultimate hipster UR. Photo by Justin Grady. 
4. Trucker Hats: Pretty self-explanatory. 
Ginna Ellis, Pete Walstrom, Jenn Shelton, Hayden Teachout. Photo by Ginna Ellis
5. Beer Mile: Forget running a regular mile. Run a beer mile. Add costumes. 
Encinitas Beer Mile
6. Headstands: You can include one mid-race to express your carefree attitude toward racing and running.
Michael Seiser in full racing mode
Wheel pose works equally well
Or dancer's pose....
8. Belly Shirts: If you're not going shirtless, then go for a belly shirt. If you want to double up on hipster cred, make it a Pacific Northwest inspired plaid belly shirt. 
Dave Melanson sporting the Pacific Northwest inspired plaid belly shirt while pacing me at HURT 100. Photo by Angel King.
9. Ironic Sunglasses: Any sunglasses that wouldn't traditionally be used for running work. Ideally you will buy them at a gas station for less than $10. 
No one does it better than Anton Krupicka. Picture by Derrick Lytle
10. Accessorize with Stripes and Plaid: Add lots of color and patterns, but not too many. Choose to accessorize with color and patterns: socks, sunglasses, and headbands all work. Plaid and Stripes are definite must-haves. 
Striped socks! Sabrina Redden, photo by Aravaipa Running.
Plaid shirts, perfect hipster post race clothing. Pictured: Brendan Trimboli & Joe Grant. Photo by Inside Ultras.

11. Go shirtless, bonus! If you aren't going plaid or wearing a belly shirt, go shirtless. When in doubt as to what to wear, wear less.
Jamil Coury, Aravaipa Running
Have any favorite hipster ultra running looks? Please comment and share!

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26 comments:

  1. There was a girl pacing at HURT while playing the ukelele.

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    1. Amazingly enough, she is the girl with the colorful tutu in the "Costumes" one on this post!

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  2. I actually took that photo of TK. Chris is the race director not the photographer.

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    1. Sorry Derrick! I've edited it. The picture was posted by Chris without a credit, so i figured it was his. Thanks for correcting. Nice photo :-)

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  4. That's Pete Wallstrom in #4, not Rod Bien :)

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  5. Yes, Sean was *insane* during the recent beer mile here in Sisters, OR.... I just about lost it laughing. Thanks for the photo credit!

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    1. I'm sure in person it was even more crazy, hard to imagine....

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  6. Guy next to Joe Grant is Karl Meltzer-but no plaid shirt.

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    1. Yep, already knew that ;-) he's not wearing plaid as you stated, and he's not really a hipster, so I didn't want to identify him.

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    2. I don't think Karl will argue with the fact that you said he's "not really a hipster" :) Great article!

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  7. Great article, but you loose points for not including Patrick Sweeny in a KILT + LUNA Sandals!!!!

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    1. I'll have to do a part II. But really he's more of a hippy ultra runner, not a hipster.

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  8. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8MaWdGELpOE/UQaqOekf1xI/AAAAAAAAARQ/bAOinKnETI4/s1600/sultan%2Btrick.jpg So I guess running the Sultan 50k in a crown qualifies me?

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  9. I have plenty O trucker hats and freebie promo swag sunglasses as well. And who doesn't enjoy a shirtless run?

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  10. Great post, loved that. Personally I'm well on the way, in fact it is my goal to be a hipster ultra runner as a rebellion from the tight lycra sporty and ultra clean look that dominates in Europe. I didn't realise that an Aeropress was hipster, but I just got one, I'm growing the beard (how do you get them to go pointy?) and I run shirtless... and I was pondering the other day a belly shirt for when you don't want to burn the neck and shoulders, actually I had the idea that you could just roll up your t-shirt (white cotton - non-wicking of course) and pinch it in position with a simple clothes peg... Just need a trucker hat. Great stuff!

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    1. No clothes peg necessary. Pull center bottom of shirt up and tuck through neck hole...BAM...instant crop top. I'm assuming you're not a 12 year old girl, or you would've known that.

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    2. Boom! I am trying that next time the sun comes out, top tip, thanks Kyrstin :) (Yep, you're right I'm not a 12 year old girl).

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  11. haha. That's great. Going to have to arrange a beer mile now.

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  12. What about tattoos/gauged ears/nose rings/septum pierced/being vegan/driving a biodiesel to races?

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  13. I think you have hipsters confused with Hippies...

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  14. In true hipster fashion, I have totally been drinking Aeropress coffee before I started running ultras. I did upgrade recently. This metal filter rocks. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A1GVVMY/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  15. Chica, me parece maravilloso este post!!! No se cómo cojones he llegado aquí pero no puedo para de reir. Me encanta esta mentalidad americana de enfrentarse a la distancia. En España somos demasido serios.... todavía. Siento no poder escribirte en inglés, no da para mucho.

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