this weekend i participated in the #happiest5k on the planet, so the color run says. thats right. i stepped out of my normal racing mode and into the social element of 5ks. this is not an easy leap for me as my instinct is to race once i hit a starting line, but i signed up to do the color run with one of my closest friends that i don't get to see very often. so this was a social 5k for me. (plus, this race isn't timed, so i don't see the point of trying to race it, anyway!)
saturday. 6:30am i was on the road with two rockstar energy drinks in hand. its about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to my hometown of lansing from where i live which means i have to be up early for a 9am race start. i didn't sleep well the night before either, so i was just a peach come wake up time.
15,000 people showed up for this race. 15,000. that is nuts for my hometown. basically everyone you could possibly be connected to was there, but you wouldn't be able to find them. the proof is that my facebook news feed blew up with photos from the color run but i didn't see a single one of those people during the nearly 3 hours i spent at the race site.
|me before. i actually like these race shirts|
|me and my buddy amy waiting in the start corral|
|packets of color you get to throw at people, or dump |
|along the course are color stations where volunteers will squirt|
colored pigment powder at you by using ketchup bottles
since the race was so crowded it was impossible to run the whole thing. jogging in and out of the crowd wasn't easy either so we did a walk/jog combo. fine by me!
it was also really hot, and there was only one water station along the course and it was only on one side of the road. so if you wanted water you really had to commit the time to wait and line and get it. i also thought getting water wasn't very easy in the post-race party area. but again, getting access to things isn't easy when you've got 15,000 colored-blobbed people roaming around!
|the three of us after a color bomb session in the after party.|
|i don't look as dirty as i felt|
the color came off easier than i thought it would. a couple scrubs in the shower and i was looking as clean as ever.
top things to consider when thinking about doing a color run:
- do you do well with large crowds? if not, a color run might not be for you.
- do you like getting unnecessarily dirty? if yes, a color run might be for you.
- do you like to throw things at people, or have things thrown at you? if yes, a color run might be for you.
- are you okay with being herded like cattle through a finish line? if yes, a color run might be for you.
- do you like to do things just to say you did them? if yes, a color run might be for you.
- do you like to people watch? if yes, a color run might be for you.
- do you like inhaling powder, or substances that feel similar to tear gas? if not, a color run might not be for you.
- are you okay with the possibility of tossing your race clothes after you're done? if yes, a color run might be for you.
all in all, the color run is not my cup of tea. but every experience makes me richer and i'm glad i got to spend some time with my buddy!
have you done a color run? what did you think of it?