No, It’s Not Candy

In the last week I have gotten two emails, presumably from children, asking if Morgan Uceny’s necklace is made of candy. So I headed into the weekend with this on my to do list — “Uceny’s Candy Necklace?”

I tracked down a Dan Grossman photo from 2005 Indoor Heps and you see that her necklace, while colorful, was much more sparse than today. And, thank goodness, Peter Gambaccini of Runners World asked her about it more than a year ago. I don’t think her management at Global Athletics would take me seriously if I asked them for an interview about whether or not her necklace was edible.

Gambaccini: Tell us about the necklace. Do you wear it every race?

Uceny: Most every race. There were a couple of times I didn’t wear it, and it’s funny, because if I don’t wear it, people really freak out, they go “did it break? Did you lose it?” No, I just didn’t want to wear it. I really don’t have a good story for it. When I was in junior high, I used to wear all these Mardi Gras beads every day to school. I was really eccentric and into colorful things. I had this necklace and I just kept making them and wearing them and I guess it became my little signature thing without me really knowing it. People didn’t know my name, but they knew I was the girl with the necklace.

Gambaccini: It’s surely colorful. It must be awfully lightweight material.

Uceny: Oh yeah. It’s plastic. Everybody thinks it’s candy. But that would be gross if I was sweating. My neck would be tie-dyed. It’s on a plastic string. Sometimes that’ll break and I’ll collect the beads and change the pattern, if I feel like it. It’s pretty funny. It’s not very intimidating.

So there you go, Anonymous and Mindy. You can’t eat Morgan Uceny’s necklace. But you can watch her talk about her latest race from Monaco:

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