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Goofy Facial Hair: A Fall Tradition

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

Fall has become the season for dudes to grow facial hair. For me, the tradition started as part of my Northern Michigan heritage. Each fall, deer hunters would grow large, unruly beards. The hair provided warmth and a degree of camouflage. Sadly, I stopped hunting before I developed the ability to grow the unruly beard.

When I started teaching (and coaching football), I grew a goatee. That eventually morphed into the traditional Autumnal beard. To fully celebrate the facial hair experience, I’d let the beard grow for about a month, then shave out some silly facial hair pattern.

When Shelly and i started running trail races, the tradition somehow morphed into a “grow silly facial hair for races” tradition. Most of the time I just sport a beard. I’ve tried a few combinations of mustaches, mutton chops, and soul patches. It’s been fun, but I don’t feel as if I’ve fully explored the world of facial hair.

I decided to up my game. I’m currently working on a handlebar mustache. It’s a big commitment… lots of combing, waxing, and other maintenance. I only have about ten days of growth so far, so it may take a few weeks before it begins to take shape. I’m hoping it will be long enough to curl by the time Woodstock rolls around, and should be fully in place for Grindstone. The eventual goal:

Anyone else up for the “handlebar mustache challenge?”




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  1. Rob Y
    August 23, 2012

    I typically always grow a beard when I’m really putting in the miles and training for a big goal race. I had a pretty good beard going for the Barkley Marathons this past Spring. Would have been a huge beard had I not kept trimming it! Looking forward to starting my beard when I ramp up for the Arrowhead 135 this Winter.

  2. Chadisbarefoot
    August 23, 2012

    If only I could grow any significant facial hair…

  3. Dave
    August 22, 2012

    Ummm… no.

    As a Canadian, it is a spring time tradition to grow facial hair as long as your team (as a player or fan) is alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Styling/trimming/etc. is strictly verboten; google “Lanny McDonald playoff beard” to see how it’s done. I am dismayed however to see younger players neatly trimming their goatees. Sigh…

    If you are able to grow a decent handlebar ‘stache, it would be a shame if you didn’t follow this up by partaking in some bare-fisted pugilism ( is still available as a domain), and perhaps a penny farthing bike race.