I first heard of The Color Run in early spring when two friends in Atlanta posted pics from their 5K on Facebook. Oh my gosh, it looked like SO much fun! A few weeks later, Angie and her family did The Color Run in Southern California and I knew right then and there that I had to sign up for this race! Unfortunately, the Denver Color Run was sold out by then and there wasn't one scheduled for Colorado Springs. After being very patient and checking the website
obsessively frequently, the "happiest 5K on the planet" announced plans to come to my area and I quickly formed a team and got us signed up.
Last Saturday was the big day.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Color Run, here's the 411:
It's a 5K run...but you can walk if you want...but it's not a timed run because it's designed to be FUN!
Runners are encouraged to wear white.
At each kilometer marker there is a color station where volunteers throw powdered color on you as you run past. Each runner is given a packet of colored powder to save for the finish where there is a color explosion every few minutes and everyone throws their color packet up in the air--dousing the runners with even MORE color. It is crazy fun, crazy messy, and crazy awesome. I HIGHLY recommend you find one in your area (drive if you have to) and register. Go here to read more and find out if there's one close to you.
Here is part of my team at the starting line. We ordered matching tank tops with our team name on the back.
Self-portrait. Awesome facial expression, eh? And yes, I wear earrings to 5Ks. I wear them when I hike too. I get a lot of flack for that, but I can deal with it.
Just in case you're wondering, all of the color washed out of my hair and off of me after a shower, though I did have to do some scrubbing. I did miss cleaning one spot (my belly button) and realized it the next day when I had a nice orange ring on my t-shirt after a workout. Awesome.
I sprayed my tank top with vinegar before I left the race and ironed it when I got home to try to preserve as much color as I could and it worked! It's not quite as bright as it was post-race but it's a happy souvenir. :)
BIG thanks to my friends' husbands who came and took pics for us! And then shared them with me so I could share them with you.