The Color Run – Kaleidoscope Tour

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).

2014-04-05 08.59.31 (400x347)Yes, I slapped a temporary tat on my face. All of the cool kids were doing it. πŸ˜‰ And speaking of cool kids, we quickly joined in with the rapidly growing crowd for some dancing, stretching, and Zumba.

c8 (400x300) c3 (300x400) c10 (300x400)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!!

c11 (300x400)We cut our time just a little close this year and we wereΒ  lining up (or rather conga lining) at the start before I knew it.

2014-04-05 08.59.54 (400x300)So many color runners!!!

2014-04-05 09.04.46 (400x400)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!

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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!

2014-04-05 09.21.00 (400x303)If you have ever wondering how you get bombed with color, well it looks a little something like this….

2014-04-05 09.21.46 (400x400)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!

2014-04-05 09.28.27 (339x400)Next up, was Yellow!

2014-04-05 09.29.01 (400x378) 2014-04-05 09.29.19 (400x400) 2014-04-05 09.30.36 (400x400)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!

2014-04-05 09.55.02 (371x400)Pink was the clear winner of most popular color station today. Lines for photos were backed way up and the pink color bomb area was super congested. Give it up for pink ya’ll!!

2014-04-05 09.55.37 (400x400) 2014-04-05 09.56.24 (400x400)Pink Bomb!!!

2014-04-05 09.57.18 (400x400)After this the course leveled out and we were able to pick up the tiniest bit of speed. We had just one color station to go (a change from last year)…..PURPLE!

2014-04-05 10.10.14 (226x400) 2014-04-05 10.10.38 (400x400) 2014-04-05 10.12.08 (400x400)Needless to say the hubs and I were a colorful mess by this point.

2014-04-05 10.13.32 (360x400)And props to this random photo-bomber. She was cracking me up.

2014-04-05 10.13.57 (400x400)Another quarter mile or so and we were dashing through the confetti covered finishers chute.

2014-04-05 10.21.19 (400x400) 2014-04-05 10.22.10 (400x371)At the finish we were greeted with waters, Panera bagels, fruit and KIND bars. I felt it was a pretty good selection for a 5k and such a MASSIVE crowd. Finishers were also given a bag of color…..

2014-04-05 10.35.57 (300x400)Every 10 minutes or so the DJ would guide new finishers to the stage for the big Color Run grand finale……

c1 (400x400) It’s actually pretty awesome. Sure you walk away doused in color but it makes one heck of an Instagram photo, eh? πŸ˜‰ No clue what our finishing time was..probably 40ish minutes or so but we ended with a smile and that was the goal.

2014-04-05 10.40.11 (354x400)Congrats Color Run Finishers!!!!

c12*Thanks to the hubs for the on course photos!

Have you ever done a color run??

 

3 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    I LOVED reading this post! I just signed up for my first 5K which is The Color Run in Chicago on June 8th! It was nice to read more about it and to be able to know what to expect! πŸ™‚
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    • runninginpinkproject says:

      You will have a great time!!! I have been reading your blog but Ive had some trouble commenting (its something on my end I think). πŸ™‚ Just wanted to let you know I was stopping by and catching up on your blog though!!

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