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Monday, October 25, 2010

The High Heels Dash

If you weren't in Ogunquit, Maine, this weekend, you missed the High Heels Dash.  Yes, it's a race run by women and men in high heels (must be at least 2-inch heels!) to raise money for the Frannie Peabody Center.  The Frannie Peabody Center is an agency committed to providing compassionate care for those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Founded by a small group of concerned individuals in 1985, the center has grown and has opened a second site in Kittery, Maine.  The Center provides information, advice, support, advocacy and referrels, as well as serving as an anonymous HIV testing site.

Runners must pay an entry fee to participate in the High Heels Dash, and most get sponsors in addition to that.  The funds are donated to this United Way supported chaity.




Some entrants may have participated in a practice run in Scarborough, Maine a few days ago;  it's really not wise to run a race in heels without practice!



Get a look at those heels!  They are high ones!  Ready, set, go!



And they're off and running!  You've got to admire the hutzpah!  I barely can WALK in heels, nevermind run!


In Ogunquit this weekend, a large crowd of spectators gathered to cheer the runners onward!



And here they came!   Trophies were awarded for the best time, the highest heels, and the most outrageous costume.

This race is not for sissies!  High-heeled shoes are not made for running, and injury is a very real possiblity; one misstep and you could be head over heels--or would it be heels over head?  In any case, it's a risky race.  However, everyone seemed to have fun, and many dollars were raised for a very good cause. I guess you could say the winner was a shoe-in.

Note:  This just in:  I have an update from the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce stating that the winner for highest heels was sporting 6.25" stilettos!  Also, the winner of the race was the guy in the photo above wearing the funny glasses and the Afro wig;  the winner of most outrageous costume was the fellow in the black sequin dress with the long strand of pearls!  Thank you to the Chamber for giving us the news!  The also invited me to take part next year, but since I haven't worn high heels since the late 1970's, I don't see that happening! 


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22 comments:

Kristina P. said...

That is some serious dedication!

Clipped Wings said...

It is amazing what you all come up with in Maine. Maybe I'm living in the wrong state.

David Waters said...

How fun! And a great cause/....I loved that the runners had taken the time to pick some pretty cool shoes to boot...lol

Brian Miller said...

i would not get in their way...

Gaston Studio said...

Great PR idea to bring attention to the cause, but you're right, a practice run would be very wise.

DJan said...

Yikes! Those are some HIGH heels! And you're right: I can barely walk in them, much less run. Did you take those pictures? They are awesome, whether or not! I know you will answer me in email, so I'll know. You do come up with some amazing things, Eva!

Jen said...

Three cheers for them...it is no feat....not easy on the FEET either...

natalee said...

Oh my I couldn't do it in sneakers let alone heels.... WOW!!!!!!!

Mrs. Mootz said...

That sounds like so much fun! What a great way to raise money!

Steven Anthony said...

GREAT cause, and it must be a real hoot to watch;)

Pat said...

I like that this is open to both women AND men! I am like you - I can barely WALK in high heels, let alone RUN!! What a great cause! I bet this is so much fun to watch!

Michelle Saunderson said...

I am sure your local podiatrist is busy after such an event.

Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce said...

Maybe you'll don some 2" heels with us next year (we have some you can borrow!) We are planning on posting a video of the race on YouTube, but it's not there yet. The winner of the race was the guy in the funny glasses and afro; the most outrageous costume was the fellow in the black sequined dress and white wig. The highest heels were a 6.25 inches!

Debbie said...

And the winner for the most broken bones would have been me. I guess that is why I didn't enter.

injaynesworld said...

You would find me face down within the first six feet with puncture wounds down my back.

nick said...

Looks like an accident waiting to happen. Bet the lawyers were on hand!

The Retired One said...

What a cute race idea!

Reeni said...

They had one of these in NY city recently too. The winner fell over the finish line and was bleeding all over the place! I would probably break a leg or ankle or something...

Eva Gallant said...

Clipped: You need to come to Maine for sure!

Jen: You're right, it's no small feat!

Michelle: You could be right! lol

OgunquigChamber: Thanks for the update; I added it to my post because not everyone reads the comments.

Alana, Author of Domestically Challenged said...

Wow, that is amazing! I wonder if they have a stat for twisted ankles too! I literally cannot walk in heels, so hats off to them!

Tam said...

what a fabulous idea!!! Yet another reason to visit Maine :)

Eva Gallant said...

Alana: I refuse to wear them...I can't imagine running in them!

Tam: You just have to make the trip someday, that's all there is to it!