Saturday morning was the much anticipated (from my cousin and Aaron) Color Run! I have participated in one before, so I knew what to expect, but I was still really excited for it because races make me happy.
My cousin Jenn and her friend arrived at my house around 6:30 so we could all travel in one car. The Color Run happened to take place about 10 minutes from my house, and in a place I typically run a lot, so Aaron and I knew the ins and outs of it. We left our house after filling up on oatmeal around 7:00 anticipating traffic, and just craziness in general. We found parking in a lot close to the start around 7:15. We all attached our bibs, removed layers so we just had white shirts on, and headed to the start line.
There were plenty of Porta Johns accessible, and the dance party had already started and they were finishing up Zumba! I wish I knew about this earlier because I definitely would have arrived earlier to join. We hung around for a bit and then my mom came to meet us. She wasn’t running it, but she wanted to come and take pictures and see us. What a good mom
They started taking us to the start line around 7:50. There were so many people to get to the start! They took about 1,000 people every couple minutes, so we finally began around 8:15.
Aaron and I started running (and he ran the entire thing!), while my Jenn and Amanda stuck to walking for a bit. The beginning of the race (about 1.5 miles) is all uphill, making it a bit un-enjoyable. It’s not just a slight upgrade; it’s a full out hill. It had started drizzling at this point, too, but nothing too bad.
The first color station was pink (my fav color!), and I was less than pleased with the amount they got on us. I ran away from that station with just about no color. At this point, I was embarrassed that I had long pants and a long sleeve shirt on because it seemed like we weren’t getting much color. The next color station came up about 1/2 mile later, and was yellow. Again, not too much color, but it worked. We started running down a hill, and Aaron decided he was just going to roll in the color this time because he wasn’t getting anything. So, he rolled away right through it.
At this point in the race, we reached the bottom of a hill, and I know we were supposed to go left and then circle around and head back to the start. However, they had us just turn right and head back. I wasn’t too pleased about this, because I am almost certain it wasn’t even a 5K race. We ran through another color station (blue) before reaching the finish line and finding my mom!
While she waiting for Jenn and Amanda, Aaron and I headed to the finishers area to get ready for the color party. Every 15 minutes or so, they have a color throw. When it reaches a certain point in the song, you throw all the color you received in your entrance packet, or some that they threw out, up into the air. Aaron and I were really excited for this because we weren’t too colored. At the same moment the song came up, the rain started to come down again. We were encompassed by a huge block of colored smoke, and I honestly couldn’t breathe. We were in the dead center, so I grabbed Aaron and made a run for it.
Because it had rained, we now had lots of color stuck to us. I knew that this would be terrible to get off after my last one of these races, and was now glad I had a long sleeve and long pants on!
Jenn and Amanda came through after jogging the last mile or so (So proud of them!), and they got in on the color, too! They weren’t super wet (I swear it only rained in one area), so the colored corn starch didn’t stick to them.
After going to the color party one more time, we decided to hit the road. We all had a blast, and it was beautiful temps for the race.
There was one more problem, though, we had to face: parking. Where we parked, we actually ran through at the beginning of the race, and past it on the way back. That meant we were stuck because the roads were closed. I had a feeling we could sneak up the hill we started running, but there was already a line of cars at a standstill so we couldn’t even get there. Luckily, we do know our way around, and we were able to drive through the starting line (only going the other way this time), and find an entrance right past there. I was so glad we knew this (and attempted it not knowing if it was legal!), because we bypassed all the traffic and closed roads, and got home fast.
The only downfall to this race is that the color doesn’t really come out super easily. Jenn and Amanda had no problems getting rid of it, but Aaron and I did. We both showered for 20-25 minutes, and still had color. That was also the day we had a million places to go! Aaron still has pink on his scalp (Saturday was for sure a hat day!), and I still have a few streaks in my hair, which makes it look like I’m supporting Breast Cancer this month! The Color Me Rad race I did last year did the same thing because they actually sprayed you with water based color. If it hadn’t have rained on us while we were getting sprayed with all this color, I know we would have been fine. It’s just a huge bummer that it still won’t come out. That’s the only part I don’t like about these races. Next time I think I’m going for a turtleneck, gloves, and a hat. I’ll look like a dork, but at least I will be clean! All in all, we had a blast, and Aaron couldn’t stop talking about it, which made me so happy to hear! Now if he will only continue running…