Tips for running in high heels

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.

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High Heel Dash is a fundraiser with event proceeds set to benefit the League’s community projects: The Career Development Series, Project Hope Pack, Done–in-a-Day, and A Book of My Own.

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:

  1. Wedges offer more stability than stilettos.

  2. Non-slip stickers added to the bottom of shoes can increase traction.

  3. Safety over speed.

  4. Running in a heel can put more pressure on knees – a neoprene sleeve could help decrease pressure on the kneecaps.

  5. Utilize some type of ankle support – whether it’s a wrap or lace up support.

  6. Scan the course – watch for gravel and be aware of where your feet are hitting the ground as you run.

  7. Stretch – focus on your Achilles tendon and hamstrings.

  8. Heels must be at least 2 inches high but we recommend sticking with heels no higher than 2.5 inches.

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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.

 

High Heel Dash is On The Move

Have you heard? The (fifth annual) High Heel Dash is on the move for 2015! The event will move locations, taking place at Midtown Crossing on May 7, 2015.

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The unique annual event allows runners (and FUNdraisers) to raise money for Junior League of Omaha’s community projects. Participants sport their favorite pair of high heels (2” or higher) and race approximately 50 meters in either a team relay dash, individual race for men or women, or a race for those over 50, who are allowed to wear flats. Runners are strongly encouraged to participate donning a costume as prizes will be awarded for originality!HHD 2014 -4

 

 

“The new dash venue will be a great  for Junior League,” said Shelly Ruwe, High Heel Dash chair. “Midtown Crossing provides a great location with visibility throughout the city and provides ample opportunity for the committee to seek underwriting and in-kind donations from the locally owned businesses in the area. We are really excited to be working with the staff of Midtown Crossing and feel the new location will be a great advantage to gaining more traction and notoriety in the community for the projects that Junior League of Omaha supports.”

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Stay alert for more information on the 2015 High Heel Dash! Tickets on sale now, as fun in heels is afoot!

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Tell us about your family? I am the only child of Tom and Holly Lewis.  I have been dating Justin for eight years and consider my best friends to be like sisters! ThanksgivingMom&Dad

Pets: I help take care of my parents dogs, Harry and Mo.

Hometown: Omaha

College: Undergrad @ UNL; Masters programs through Doane College.

Job/Business: First Grade Teacher, Paddock Road Elementary, Westside Community Schools

What was your favorite placement and why?

My favorite placement was Chair of the High Heel Dash.  It was fun to take on a fundraiser as vice-chair and then be able to follow through for another year.  It was hard work but I had the chance to meet a lot of people in the community, in the League, and I learned a lot about volunteerism, planning, and fundraising!  Continue reading “Connecting with …”