Picture running a race. In heels.
For the participants who sign up for the Junior League of Omaha’s 5th Annual High Heel Dash on May 7th, this is the reality.
Women and Men are asked to run a 50-yard dash in heels that must be at least 2 inches high. The race is open to anyone age 19 or older with those registered in the Boomers & Beyond category being allowed to run in flats. Dashers can compete as an individual or in a four-person relay team.
Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories with top awards going to dash winners and creative costumes. Want to attend with feet firmly in place? Community supporters can purchase a Diva/Dude Doesn’t Dash drink ticket for happy hour only.
The dash will be run at Turner Park, located in the heart of Midtown Crossing. Dashers will have the ability to run in a closed course. For those who find running a challenge while wearing sneakers, this race can be particularly hazardous. Therefore the High Heel Dash Committee has put together several tips to offer before Thursday:
Wedges offer more stability than stilettos.
Non-slip stickers added to the bottom of shoes can increase traction.
Safety over speed.
Running in a heel can put more pressure on knees – a neoprene sleeve could help decrease pressure on the kneecaps.
Utilize some type of ankle support – whether it’s a wrap or lace up support.
Scan the course – watch for gravel and be aware of where your feet are hitting the ground as you run.
Stretch – focus on your Achilles tendon and hamstrings.
Heels must be at least 2 inches high but we recommend sticking with heels no higher than 2.5 inches.
If you go:
Junior League of Omaha 5th Annual High Heel Dash will be held at Midtown Crossing on May 7.
Event registration begins at 5:30 PM with the first Dash starting at 6:15 PM. Immediately following the Dash, an event happy hour will be held at Brix.
Pre-Register at Active.com. A t-shirt will be given to the first 75 registrations. Day of registrations will also be available.