I feel like color runs are EVERYWHERE these days. The truth is I had not really planned to do another one this year (even though our experience last year was a blast). But, when I found out the hubs work had formed a team, well I certainly wasn’t going to say no to a morning of dance jams, running, and color. So, we were up and at it before the sun to make the hour or so drive to Salem, VA for the event. I might have rolled out of bed at the last second but luckily the sweat bands from the race swag bag do a great job of taming bed head! (Also included in the swag: a shoulder bag, t-shirt, rubber bracelet, and temporary tats).
Yes, I slapped a temporary tat on my face. All of the cool kids were doing it. 😉 And speaking of cool kids, we quickly joined in with the rapidly growing crowd for some dancing, stretching, and Zumba.
I also snapped this for my pal at With a Side Of Magic. She is not a tutu loving runner so obviously I had to take this to mess with her and hopefully make her smile! Love ya A!!
The color run is an un-timed “fun run” 5k. They encourage walkers and race newbies. I have to say it was such a pleasure to share a race course with all shapes, sizes, and levels. If you are looking for a PR. This is not your race. If you are looking for a truly fun run, then you are in the right place!
The race released in waves complete with old school rock jams and plenty of fanfare. My personal favorite part of the start?? The bubbles!
It was chilly and windy so the color “squirt guns” were noticeably absent as we dashed through the start. About a 1/2 mile into the course we hit our first color station…Woohoo Here Comes the Blue!
Volunteers with squirt bottles of colored corn starch “bomb” runners as they go by. It wont hurt you to get the color in your mouth but I advise holding your breath as you run through the color stations.
This year’s course was HILLY. I mean there were some epic ups and downs. As I write this my booty is still feeling the burn. However, the promise of “Ice Ice Baby” and more color stations were enough to keep puling us through!
By this point the crowd had started to get really silly and it was impossible to keep a running pace. People were stopping randomly in the street for photos, groups were walking 4 across, and general race etiquette was somewhere over the rainbow. We just went with it, jogged when we could, and walked when we needed to. Fun was definitely the name of the game!
Next up was the color station nearest and dearest to my heart….PINK!
It’s actually pretty awesome. Sure you walk away doused in color but it makes one heck of an Instagram photo, eh? 😉 No clue what our finishing time was..probably 40ish minutes or so but we ended with a smile and that was the goal.
Have you ever done a color run??