By now, you’ve all heard of The Color Run- the happiest 5K on the planet, right? You go, you run (or walk, or dance or jog or wog) through 3.1 miles of color and fun and participate in an awesome color party at the finish line. M Click here to see the course map.
I forgot to turn on my Runkeeper app before we started walking, so I created my own map of the walk using the map on The Color Run’s website. If the calculations are correct, we actually walked 3.65 miles, which is (obviously) a bit more than a 5K. That’s fine with me, but I’m not sure how many people appreciate more miles than they signed up for.
The color zones. Yeah, I wasn’t ready for those. I thought they’d throw color, it’d be all good. Nah. There is powder in the air and dust in your throat and up your nose like whoa! I brought a bandana to cover my face and my daughter’s face, but that didn’t necessarily seem like enough to stop all of the powder dust that I swallowed. I’m glad that we had sunglasses on because if we didn’t all of the dust on my glasses would have been in my eyes- I’m sure of it. The glitter zone? Yeah. My friends and I were still shining the next day. BUT, this is what we signed up for and it was all in good fun. We made sure to move to different sides as we approached other color zones so that the color on our shirts were even. (People stand to either your left or your right to throw the color on you and you may find yourself with more color on one side depending on how you walk through the color zones.)
I did make sure to wear a hat on my head because I wasn’t sure about getting all of that color in my locs. I put my daughter’s hair up into a bun and put a bandana on her hair. I highly recommend this if you don’t want to spend an extended period of time cleaning corn powder out of your hair. The powder will get under your clothes. I was wearing a tank top underneath my color run shirt and every single article of clothing down to my underwear was colored that day. I wish I had brought a change of clothes to get into my car with after, but that would’ve required pre-planning. I did a great shakeout, though, at the car and got most of the powder off of my clothes. I also had something to sit on so that my carseat didn’t get colored on the way home.
The moral of the color story? Be prepared. Decided how much color you want on your hair, face and body and plan accordingly for that when you get dressed. Bring a change of clothes or at least a towel to sit on in the car if you don’t want colored seats.
There were two water stations along the course. Volunteers served us water in these fancy pants Color Run cups and one of the stations had water and peach sweet tea. That was definitely unexpected (and not necessarily tasty as one would expect), but it was cool.
The medal was okay. It is my understanding that they don’t usually give medals, so for a first year medal that they needed to use at all of their events this year, it was good. I heard comments that the medal should have at least had the name of the city on it. Meh. Whatevs. At least we got one, right?
At the finish line runners were given bottled water and Kind bars. There was a huge dance party going on after the race with powder being thrown everywhere (each runner received two powder packets at the finish line along with their bling). We opted out of the powder-throwing party because by then the kids were done and ready to roll. We headed right over to the #ShoutItOut station to have people with leaf blowers help us get rid of some of the loose powder on our clothes.
All in all, we had a great time. I think if I do this again I’d love to see it run on a more scenic course, just because Clearwater is so beautiful and there’s really no reason to run through neighborhoods. I highly recommend signing up for the race before prices go up. Pre-sale prices were pretty good this year and if you sign up with a team (4+ people), the price is less than signing up on your own. If you wait, you’ll end up paying $49.50 at the last minute.