On Saturday, my niece Haleigh, my sister Katherine, my husband Jason and myself all got up at the butt crack of dawn in order to participate in the Color Me Rad 5k. We had a nice long hour drive to get to the race so we were up at 5:15 a.m. See…butt crack of dawn!
We were all really excited to do this race so it made getting up that early much more bear-able. We all put on our new white t’s, our “Rad” tattoos, fun socks, and we were on our way.
A short hour later, we arrived at the Color Me Rad race! It was at an International Horse Park out in the middle of nowhere. This was good because there was LOTS of space! Parking was easy (since we were there so early) and we were really close to all the festivities.
We parked, got our stuff together and we went to join in the pre-race fun. We still had 45 minutes or so until our race time, 8:00 a.m. We took some before pictures and I met up with the lady who won the giveaway, Linda and her daughter Sarah. They drove all the way from Alabama to run! They were so cute! The race had not even started and they were already colorfied!
Before the race, they had an amazing DJ who was really quite entertaining. They had contests where people could win bags of color to throw on one another before or during the race. They had this lady dressed up like a bunny who was running around throwing color!
There was color everywhere and the race had not started yet. It was great!
At right around 8:00 a.m., they had all the 8:00 runners line up to start.
They sent us off in waves so that we would not trample one another on the course. At about 8:10, we were off. Haleigh and I stuck together because we were going to wog (walk/jog) the race while Katherine decided to just walk.
Let’s talk about the course for a minute. Holy hard! It was more like a trail run than a walk. There were at least 3 major hills that we were climbing up and the entire thing was basically in the woods. It-was-difficult! I enjoyed it but that was the biggest complaint that I heard was that it was so hilly. I don’t think people were expecting it!
There were color stations all along the course, for a total of around 5 color stations. The color is just colored corn starch. Well, except for the two liquid stations. Not sure what that concoction is but it is cold and wet! There was only one water station a little over half way through the course. Oh…one bad thing was we had no idea how far we had gone. There were no mile markers and the volunteers didn’t know how far along the course they were either. Most people did not have Polars or Garmins on because they didn’t want them to get ruined. We seriously had NO idea where we were along the race. For a runner, that is not a good thing.
When we came out of the clearing and could hear the DJ, we knew it was a good thing…almost done!
Then, we saw Jason, my husband and loyal photographer and we just knew we were almost done.
Well, we had another quarter mile or so until the finish line but we made it!
At the finish line, we each got a bag of color, some water, and a Larabar.
We went back around to the bend to wait for Katherine and we had saved our bags of color just for her!
We got her good!
We walked the rest of the race with her and finished together!
It was a blast! Even at the end people were throwing color, the DJ was still playing games with people and it was just a lot of fun!
We brought towels and sheets to sit on in the car so we wouldn’t get color on the seats. We also took clothes to change into but there really wasn’t a place for that. We all wore older sneakers that we didn’t mind getting ruined. We took flip flops to change into after.
When we got home, it was so nice to take a shower and get the color off! Luckily, with soap and a washcloth, the color came right off of our skin. Also, I bleached my shirt and most of the color came out of it also!
The Color Me Rad race was well organized, fun and we are so thankful that we did it!
Have you ever participated in a Color run? If so, what did you think of it?