Yesterday I participated in the “happiest race on Earth” also known as the Color Run 5k. I will say it was super fun and definitely the most unique race experience I’ve ever had, and this was race number 23 so I feel qualified to make such a statement.
The day started the same as any other race with a wakeup call far too early for a Sunday of 6:45am. I laid out all my gear the night before to make the morning easy on me.
- Race t-shirt
- Bib w/safety pins
- Color Run Headband
- Old running sneaks
Plus, special for this race:
- A change of clothes
- a garbage bag for all my clothes post-race
- a ziplock for my phone
I quickly got geared up:
Made a quick pre-race mini-meal of an english muffin toasted with smashed banana:
And then I was out the door to meet my friends. I drove the 25 minutes from home to the site of the race with these ladies:
Me, Lianne, Jess, and Amy.
The ride itself was easy peasy, and the race logistics were very smooth for such a big race. We hung around and waited for our other friends to meet us, and before too long the 7 of us running the race were together at last.
Jess, Lianne, Amber, Me, Elena, Caroline, and Amy.
We headed to the start and MAN it was crowded.
I thought the Color Run handled the logistics of the race REALLY well. The race wasn’t timed, it was just for fun, so they let groups of people go every 5-10 minutes. This allowed us to get off without a hitch and, besides a few small aprts of the course, to avoid overcrowding.
The weather itself was PERFECT and the scenery along the harbor was beautiful.
Our pack in action:
Before too long, we spotted the first color area. I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but it basically consisted of volunteers standing on both sides of the color area, holding clear plastic bottles that might be used for condiments otherwise, with chalky paint in them. They squirted out the paint as the runners went by, so your clothes got covered. Each of the color stops along the race was a different color, so the first one was yellow, the second red, the third orange, and the last one blue. I might have made that order up.
But here’s a close up of the orange color stop:
Since the paint was powdered, it got all up into the air and you had to be careful not to breath too much while running through. One of my friends was lucky enough to have the paint squirted DIRECTLY INTO HER MOUTH by one of the volunteers, but that luckily didn’t happen to me.
Since the run wasn’t timed, it was just a really chill run and wasn’t too stressful. It was supposed to be a 5k and I didn’t clock it or anything, but I think it was more like 2.5 miles rather than 3.1 judging by how fast we were running/how much time it took/how long I felt like I was running for. Before long, we spotted the finish line and were done!
Paint covered, but it wasn’t so bad yet.
As part of your race packet, they give you packs of the powdered paint to toss in the air after the race. We spotted a group congregating across the way and saw the powered paint clouding the area above them, so over there we went.
This part was just ridic. If you go to spectate a color run OR you run and don’t want to breathe in/get covered in paint, I’d say avoid this part. It was nutso.
Action shot of Lianne and I:
After that whole thing, that is when we were all COVERED in paint.
And what’s a fun run with a group without a jumping picture at the end?
No fun at all.
So, would I do it again?
Totally. I think if you’re looking for a low pressure race, this is the one you should do. A few of my friends who did it don’t love running, but loved this race and said they had so much fun. When I suggested we do more 5ks together, I got a few sideways glances that told me not to get my hopes up.
What’s the most unique race you’ve ever done? Does a race like this sound like something you’d do?