Yesterday I ran my first 5K, “The Color Run”.
Choosing this 5K for my first was pretty clear cut, considering I was invited by some of my fellow apprentice dog trainers. After receiving the invite, I found the Web site and watched this video. My registration was complete after realizing that:
1. This race was exciting and magical.
2. Their advertising team hired a genius videographer to lure me with excitement and magic.
This particular 5K was one in which participants run through color stations set up at each kilometer and the volunteers cover you with powdered color. Each station is a specific color (yellow, orange, blue, pink, etc.), and they can come at you with buckets, or even small ketchup style squirt bottles, but whichever way you run, there is color everywhere. By the end of the race, you look like you’ve rampaged through a Sherwin Williams.
The finale is the best part. At the beginning of the race, you are given a packet of powdered color, but you keep the packet with you until the very end of the run. When the DJ counts down at the post-race dance party (Yep, I said dance party!), you are to toss your open packet in the air along with hundreds of other runners and bask in a downpour of bright, rich hues. The only downside of this process is that the color is so powdery, it can get extremely hard to breathe and you’ll be blowing out rainbow boogers for the rest of the day, but I’ll say its worth it for sure. You can even score some free swag from companies who are selling their products in booths surrounding the race. A company named JetFlow was even tossing out free hydration packs into the crowd worth up to $80!
All in all, my first 5K was possibly the most fun I’ve had exercising in quite a long time, and the end result was pretty brilliant (HA! See what I did there?)
There are more series of The Color Run coming up, so check the website for more cities participating in what’s claimed to the “the happiest 5K on the planet”.
Meanwhile, check out photos from the event below. (I’m the one in the far right of the group photos)