This week’s Friday Foto and video begs the question: How much do you love your favorite race? Enough for a running tattoo? Enough to tattoo the race’s logo on your body?
Becki Lynn Lassley of Colorado did just that. She’s run the Kaua’i Marathon all five of the race’s five years, and with great success. She’s finished in the top three women every single year. She won in 2010, finished second in 2009 and 2011, and third in 2012 and 2013.
If I had that kind of track record at a race, I might consider a running tattoo too. Lassley had the Kaua’i Marathon logo tattooed by a local artist in Kaua’i. Here’s a detailed view:
The Kaua’i Marathon may have special meaning to Lassley, but the logo also has some hidden meaning of its own. To the untrained eye, it’s just a runner inside a flower. But that flower is a hibiscus, the state flower of Hawai’i. Its classic five petals are delineated by the body of a runner.
But that’s not all. The flower is actually in the shape of Kaua’i Island itself. Many thanks to Bart Yasso who pointed that out as a group of us admired Lassley’s tattoo. Here’s a side by side comparison:
Pretty clever, right?
I had a chance to chat with Lassley after the Kaua’i Marathon Fun Run on August 31, the day before the main event. Here’s what she had to say about the race:
After running the Kaua’i Half Marathon on September 1, I can see why the Kaua’i Marathon is her favorite race.
My full race report from the Kaua’i Marathon and Half Marathon is still to come, along with coverage of the expo, kids races, fun run and more.
I’d love to know: Would you get a running tattoo? If so, what would it be? Or maybe you already have one?
The Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau sponsored my trip to Hawai’i including airfare and rental car. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa provided me with complimentary hotel and race entries for the Kaua’i Half Marathon. But as always, all opinions are purely my own.