As the Sydney 10 approaches, many runners are panicking about their outfit for May the Fourth, affectionately known as Star Wars Day.
The title of Best Dressed is unquestionably the most coveted honour awarded at the event, but the busy lifestyle of a recreational runner means we sometimes leave things to the last minute.
If you’re struggling to find that perfect costume for the Sydney 10, don’t panic just yet – we have a few cheap and easy options for you.
Having a life-sized R2-D2 robot racing alongside you at the Sydney 10 would undeniably be a remarkable sight to behold – you’d be the envy of all your competitors.
However, unless you’re willing to dosh out some substantial cash, it may prove difficult to acquire a realistic replica.
No need to fret, as a DIY droid is easier to produce than you think, and it can be done from the comfort of your own home.
All you need is a household waste bin, two sets of wheels, a bucket of blue paint blue, a bucket of white paint and some rope.
After a trip to Bunnings and an afternoon in the tool shed, you’ll have your own R2-D2 to join you at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend.
After taking a quick peek at Amazon, we’ve come to the realisation that a movie-quality Chewbacca costume is priced at around $3,000.
Luckily, we have a less financially-crippling solution.
In Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, it was Princess Leia herself that described Chewbacca as a ‘walking carpet’, so it only seems appropriate to fulfil this infamous adage.
Visit your local Vinnies or Carpet Court, select a luscious dark brown rug, cut out some eye holes and you’re all set.
Jabba the Hut
To fully execute a Jabba the Hutt costume, it would help to put on a bit of weight before the Sydney 10.
While this may seem counter intuitive when considering this is in preparation for a fun run, it’ll pay off in the long term when you’re awarded Best Dressed at the event.
Only two things are needed for the perfect Jabba the Hut outfit – a green sleeping bag and a jar of honey.
On the morning of the Sydney 10, lather yourself in honey, slip into the sleeping, and crawl the ten kilometres on your side.
The Princess Leia
The iconic hairstyle that Leia rocked in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is instantly recognisable – it’s how fans of the franchise were first introduced to the Princess.
I visited my local hairdresser over the weekend demanding he replicate the hairdo, but I was flatly refused – the barber claimed my hair wasn’t long enough.
However, after a quick shop at Baker’s Delight, I discovered the perfect substitute – gluing a couple of scroll buns to the side of your noggin does the trick.
As a bonus, you’ll have a convenient snack to enjoy during the Sydney 10 if you’re ever feeling peckish!