See photos from the 2012 17th Street High Heel Race.
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What does it take to win DCâ€™s Annual High Heel Race? According to this yearâ€™s winner, it takes an â€śaerodynamicâ€ť leopard-print jumpsuit, four-inch bootie heels and collegiate mid-and-long-distance running experience.
Despite Hurricane Sandyâ€™s wrath and havoc this week, the High Heel Race prevailed in its 26th year. Everyone â€” from young families, to Mayor Vincent Gray and the city’s best-dressed drag queens â€” came to 17th Street to cheer on the runners and participate in the Halloween-week tradition.
And while this yearâ€™s winner, Inertia, took training seriously (the contestant was a former competitive runner in college and was â€śborn in heelsâ€ť), most participants came for a leisurely evening of costume and festivities (and some jogging).
â€śWe just came to do our princess wave,â€ť said Princess Celestia, a local resident who has been dressing up for the race for six years and prefers to casually participate in the race. â€śWeâ€™re just here to have people to cheer us on.â€ť
Borderstan resident Lee Granados watched from the sidelines with her family. â€śWeâ€™ve been coming as a family since the race started,â€ť she explained.
Costumes ranged from princesses, to witches (one from the West and three from Hocus Pocus), butterflies, Greek gods, vampires, dark angels and even the coral reef (think lots of colorful balloons).
As you can imagine, not all of the eveningâ€™s costumes were easy to run in.
â€śMiss Butterfly,â€ť who competed on Thursday night for the seventh year, explained that her costume (a intricate headpiece made of monarch butterflies) took â€śseveral late evenings to construct.â€ť Another participant, â€śFannie Riceâ€ť happily danced to â€śGangnam Styleâ€ť in a detailed Asian-inspired costume, topped with a golden waving kitty.
So what, then, carried Inertia, a Columbia Heights resident and first-time participant, across the finish line so easily? â€śOh, I was running on my toes the whole time, girl!â€ť