Over a year ago, I learned about The Color Run, and I was hooked, immediately! I started following the Facebook feed for The Color Run and when I saw that it was coming to the city where I live, I sent out an email to several of my friends, saying, “We should do this! Who’s in?“ A few responses later and a few of us had signed up. Well, months later when the day arrived, one of us had moved out of town, one was on vacation, and the other, well her husband broke his leg while taking their kids ice skating. That left me and one other, who now had a back injury. Getting old is not for the weak!
So, my friend T and I made it and we are now Color Runners! She was a total trooper and rode her bike to save her back; I ran and we successfully matched our pace and had a
colorful great time. The Color Run is billed as “The happiest 5k on earth” and I believe it! It was a great experience and when people are expected to be happy, and covered in color and surrounded by fantastic music, well, it just brings out HAPPY!
The Color Run is an event series and 5k paint race that takes place in United States, South America, Europe and Australia. The untimed event has no winners or prizes, but runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. It has therefore become the largest five-kilometer event series in the United States. In 2013, The Color Run will hold events in over 130 cities in the United States, South America, Europe and Australia. Runners begin dressed in clean white t-shirts, and pass through a color station once every kilometer. Each color station is associated with a different color, with volunteers blasting the runners with dyed cornstarch out of spray bottles. Runners complete the course covered in the safe and colorful powder. At the finish line following the run, there are typically celebrations featuring a dance party .
The people watching was off-the-charts fun! The hair. The socks. The shoes. The tu-tus. Oh the tu-tus! I think I love a man who can rock a tu-tu. Even if just on his socks!
I loved the color stations, where as you run through, race volunteers bombard each runner with color. There is a haze of blue, orange, yellow, pink and with each station, each runner is painted in more and more color. It’s just fun!
But the most fun?
The finish festival.
A race completed.
Color. Loads of Color.
What you won’t see are the photos of T and I at the very end; we looked like we had been through a war zone. We stopped at a Starbucks on the way home, and lets just say that being covered in paint is a great conversation starter! A 35 minute power shower and an afternoon nap later, I was quite happy!
Put some color into your life…today! What’s your color? Me? Hands down, it’s orange!