Congratulations to our Brooks ID member Rose Wetzel for winning the 2011 Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay. The 27-year-old Seattle native won the annual fundraiser and Seattle classic in a time of 17:53; a blistering pace of 5:37/mile.
Rose not only clocked-in the fastest women’s time, but did it in a Lady Gaga costume. The relay encourages participants to dress in a type of job or professional attire (entertainment, or Lady Gagam, counts) and requires that team members hand off a briefcase filled with canned goods as the official baton. While 5K individual runners like Rose didn’t have to compete in costume, many still do. Rose describes her come-from-behind win below:
The Fremont 5k is Seattle’s best road race by far! The briefcase relay beforehand provides non-stop entertainment as people sprint in awkwardly with briefcases and collared shirts tucked into tiny running shorts. I’ve run the Fremont 5k six out of the last seven years since I returned home to Seattle from college in Washington, D.C. Over the years, my costumes included Wonder Woman, Bat Girl, an 80’s aerobics instructor, A Jason Pollock painting, and Lady Gaga, a few of which I’ve actually won the race in!
This spring’s goals included qualifying for the USA Outdoor Championships in the 5k, but the development of a stress reaction in my foot a few weeks ago put a big damper on that. The Fremont 5k happened to be my first race back and I wasn’t sure how well I’d do (I won it last year in under 17 minutes, but I certainly wasn’t expecting that). So, I figured I’d go all out with a Lady Gaga costume, wig and all, have a good time, and see what happens. After leading the first half of the race for women, I had to stop and tie my shoe! (I love my Green Silences, but I have to remember to always triple-knot the slick laces). The rest of the race, I played catch-up, picking off the five women who passed me, blonde wig flying around like crazy, my hot-pink fish-net covered legs working overtime. At 300 meters to go, I only had one more woman to catch, but my wig starting falling off, so I ripped it off, kept it in my hand, and sprinted past the last woman for the win! Next year, my fiance, Tim Sinnett and I are hosting a mock wedding during the race…I’ll be in a running wedding dress and he’ll be in a tuxedo t-shirt! As much as I love competing seriously on the track and chasing down top-notch goals, road racing in costume reminds me that running can be fun, social, creative, and liberating, just like Lady Gaga. : )
Congratulations again to Lady Gaga, a.k.a Rose Wetzel. For more information on the Fremont 5K and Briefcase Relay, visit www.fremont5k.com.