The globally successful Movember craze has evolved to the point the Capital is to sport its first fun run – but one where moustaches will be obligatory, as those without will be allowed fakes.
Those unable to sprout facial furniture in the name of charity (women, for example) will be allowed to draw or stick some fuzz on their upper lip.
Up to 3000 will complete either 5km or 10km routes around Holyrood Park on November 9 in the name of the event’s official charity, Movember. The running initiative is the brainchild of London-based race director Dave Krangel, who is calling on families, friends and teams to “get their mos on” and take part in the inaugural event.
Mr Krangel said: “We want to see people growing moustaches and running. Obviously it allows ladies to paint one on as well.
“It’s got novelty, hasn’t it? With most charities and fundraising concepts, there is always a sadness behind them, even with Movember, but they do it in a way that people have a great time being involved.
“It’s such a simple thing. It’s something that every guy can obviously do and it just gets guys talking, which we don’t normally do. It works really well from that point of view. It’s great because with MoRunning, we have probably just as many women taking part and they’re the ones that push their partners quite a lot as well.”
The initiative started in London in 2009. Now 11 locations across Britain and Ireland are now hosting a MoRun this year. An estimated £200,000 was raised by MoRunners last year, with organisers aiming to double that tally across all events running in 2013.
The non-competitive MoRun is open to those ranging from complete beginners to experienced runners.
Prizes will be available to the participants that come up with the best fancy dress, while everyone who enters will get a moustache medal, MoRunning headband and their run times.
Entries cost £16 for 5km and £22 for 10km outside of the booking fee.
“We give a percentage directly to Movember and then we’re encouraging people to fundraise,” Mr Krangel said. “The entry fees will also cover the costs of running the event.”
A host of high-profile Scottish celebrities have publicly grown “mos” in the name of charity.
An event that inspires some truly cringe-worthy moustaches, Movember is already popular with sporting stars and fans alike.
Mr Krangel hopes the run will see the city unite behind the common bond only lip-bristling growths can inspire.
“It’s not a serious run,” he said. “There will be people who are semi-serious, but it’s really about the entertainment for people taking part as well.”
Everyone who enters will receive a unique moustache medal, MoRunning headband, full race chip timing plus Movember goodies.
Runners can enter online by visiting edinburgh.morunning.com.
Face-fuzzy logic led to formation of foundation
THE origins of Movember can be traced back to a pub Down Under.
A group of young men in Adelaide, South Australia, came up with the name “Movember” in 1999, with the concept of growing moustaches for charity during the month of November.
Five years later an unrelated group in Melbourne organised an event where 30 men grew a moustache for 30 days to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression amongst men.
The group would later become the Movember Foundation charity with the cause spreading across the world over subsequent years. The UK campaign raised £26.9m last year.