Recently my girlfriend encouraged me to join her in a Color Me Rad 5k race event. Now most of you don't know me yet so I'll save you a little trouble. I'm not the most physically active person I know and when it comes to running without actually scoring points or having an end goal I wouldn't really call myself a fan. I have been more inclined to do some walking lately, but getting up at 7:30am to get ready and head across town so I could run/jog/walk/crawl for thirty minutes to an hour still initially rubbed me a little wrong. In then end I thought it would be something we could do together that could either be really fun or finished early enough that we could come home and nap and still have a whole afternoon off to relax. It seemed like a win/win, so we signed up.
There are several rules and recommendations the Color Me Rad folks provide in email form prior to the race. You go to a specific location to pick up a race packet which includes a T-shirt, pair of sunglasses, race number (bib as they call it) and a tattoo (temporary). The entry fee was reasonable and they contribute a portion to a local charity anyway so well worth the cost. If you want to know more about the specifics of one of these races I encourage you to check out their entertaining and informative FAQ page.
So what's the point?
I know if you've even read this far, you're like "so what is this thing exactly?". You'll have to excuse me, I have a way with words and using more of them than I need to make a point, tell a story or just complete a sentence. Basically they setup five color stations throughout the 5k course and as you run through each station you'll have Color Bomb Squad members throw colorful powder all over you. Toward the end you'll pass by a table with color packets which contain this lovely powder and which you can use to surprise your friends at the finish line or just anywhere on the grounds. It's an absolute hoot! By the end you'll end up looking like some variation of this:
So I just run and that's it?
That's the best part and was actually the surprise for me once we arrived. They have a whole sort of party situation happening the entire morning. So there's a great MC with a ton of energy, a stage, music, dancing, free water and hundreds of people covered in colorful dust. It was perhaps the most fun I've had an an event since we did the Thriller Parade for Halloween this past October. It's just a party with no alcohol and literally tons of colored flour and cornstarch mixture in the middle of the morning. What could be better?
We actually stayed for about 3 times as long as we ran just hanging out and getting covered in more color. Most of the color in our pics from the event didn't even happen until the end of the race and the post race festivities. These people actually use leaf blowers to spray color dust on you from the stage. They pass out color bombs by the hundreds from the stage and coordinate color throws so that everyone throws up color bombs at the same time. It's a riot! There were even multiple dance contests as well as a best beard contest toward the end of the day. We made a great morning and early afternoon out of it and I would strongly recommend that anyone who hasn't yet done one of these get out there and do it immediately. You won't regret it. Here's a gallery with some more pics from the event: