Grow, draw or create the best mustache you can and start training for Seattle's first Mustache Dache, a 5K race on November 17 to benefit men's health and prostate cancer. Although this is the inaugural Mustache Dache, Race Director Porter Bratten says he likes to think it's the best and biggest mustache-inspired race in the country and certainly in Seattle.
With more than 1,200 participants already registered and at least 2,000 participants anticipated, it's no wonder Bratten makes that statement. “We started organizing the race in February, but became intensely involved in August,” Bratten said. Ten percent of each participant's entry fee will benefit Movember, an organization that raises vital awareness and funds for men's health initiatives. Established in Australia in 2003, November became a month to grow a “mo,” the Australian term for a mustache, and support men's health awareness, education, survivorship and research.
Bratten and his wife brainstormed the two concepts to develop the Mustache Dache 5K. “We asked other runners and race directors about the idea and received positive feedback,” he said. Race participants can register as individual Mo' Bros, Mo' Sistas or as a Mo' team and are encouraged to fundraise as much as possible before race day. When registering, participants can also opt to donate an additional amount toward Movember and participate in a variety of costume contests.
Race participants in 'staches and costumes
Race participants who are able grow a mustache are encouraged to do so for the race, which starts and finishes at Magnuson Park. Women and children can use face paint to create their own mo, find a 'stache at a craft store, online, or purchase a fake mustache on site at the Mustache Dache.
The 3.1 mile course features moderate elevation gains and scenic Lake Washington views around Magnuson Park. After crossing the finish line, race participants can look forward to the Mustache Bash, complete with a taco truck, photo booth, light refreshments, beer garden, gear check, live DJ, prizes, giveaways and a mechanical bull, appropriately named Mustache.
The Mustache Dache is still seeking volunteers to help out with race-day activities such as setting up, registration, parking, gear checking, course guidance, photos, food and a final bicycle sweep of the course. Bratten says the production has 21 volunteers, but needs 60. “Volunteers get a free T-shirt and can participate in the fun post-race activities at the Mustache Bash,” he said.
Bratten hopes that race participants will have fun and return next year. “It's a fun race for a good cause with all the elements to make it enjoyable: mustaches, costumes, music, a beer garden and a mechanical bull,” Bratten said. “We have a strong support team of coordinators for race-day preparation and it's really rewarding because it's so fun.”
As the largest project he's ever taken on, Bratten can attest to the work and involvement required to create a successful production. “We would like to expand to other cities on the west coast, but more importantly, we want people to be more aware of men's health. Men should have regular check-ups and women should support that notion.”
Register online or on race day for the Mustache Dache and get yo' mo on!