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Color Run Pictures

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My daughter and I did the Color Run 5k this past weekend. I wanted to share a few pictures from the race:

This was the first time we did this race and it was at the request of my daughter.

They have colored dust of some kind that they throw at you during four points of the race and most racers use the ones that come in the swag bag to put all over themselves.

After the run there was a big crowd dancing to the music they had going. The race handlers were very good at getting a large party crowd going. When I saw this picture I realized that hey...sometimes I stand out in a crowd. :)

While they were playing music they would throw out bags of color and then they would do a countdown. Everyone would throw the dust up in the air and dance some more. My point here - not a good event if you have significant allergy problems. I took an allergy pill earlier that morning and when I left it was still bothering my chest some.

Rachael loved the race and I'm sure would do it again. After dancing in all the color you could go stand in line and have a lot of it blown of with leaf blowers. We were still covered in it.

So here's what I'd say about this race:

Pros: it's a lot of fun, the weather was absolutely spectacular that day, and they have a great party environment. They started the racers in groups and if you had a stroller you had to start in the back - this means something to me since in two of my past races I literally have almost been tripped by being hit in the foot by someone with a stroller. The race staff really seemed to enjoy their job and tried to make it fun.

Cons: They had only one water station throughout the race and when I finished they had run out of water. There were a lot of racers with no water at the end so bring something if you attend one. They only had medics at the finish of the race - this ended up being important because right before we started the race something happened to someone and they were calling over the loud speaker for the medics to come. Their packet pickup place was not really convenient, had very bad parking, and was tiny for all the people that were coming to get their packets. That part of it seemed a little disorganized.

Tips: We took garbage bags to put over the seats in the car and I wore my old running shoes since I wouldn't care if the color came out or not. I wish we would have brought wet wipes to clean off our faces. We wore hats to help keep it out of our hair and I wished I had a bandana to cover my face during the parts of the race where color was flying. I was pulling up my tshirt but it had the stuff all over it so I felt like I was still breathing it in.

I'm anxiously awaiting a picture - they had a company taking action shots afterwards and Rachael and I posed for a picture. We held hands and jumped up in the air together and from what the photographer showed us, it looked like it turned out well. This was a memory for us - probably more for me - since she is a senior in highschool and will be moving away to college in the fall. She's applying to four colleges and two of them are not close :(

Next we are scheduled to do the Hot Chocolate run in February - another of her favorites. We did it last year and the chocolate after the race was amazing. Kind of made up for the fact that the wind chill was 19 degrees that day!
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SPARKONSKATES 11/29/2012 12:40PM

    Wow that's so cool. I heard about these races. So much fun. Great pictures and nice memories to have your daughter race wtih you... so cool !! My son quit running I so wish he would get back into it and join me. Congrats on the race!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 11/27/2012 3:30PM

    A wind chill of 19 degrees... that is shorts and t-shirt weather up here! LOL!

Looks like a very fun race and full of memories. We had one of those races here in Minnesota and I did not do it which bums me out now. Something to add to my list for next year I guess.

Thanks for sharing!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 11/25/2012 6:51PM

    Great Blog! Love the Colours!!!! I shared your blog with my daughters (Emma & Maggie)... We signed up for a Resolution Race 31 December together! Can't wait....
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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/24/2012 2:30PM

    I wish there was a Color Run near me! Always looks like so much fun!

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_JODI404 11/24/2012 1:51PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience and your tips!! Looks like a blast... but I don't think my allergies could take it!

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MASRITE 11/24/2012 12:03AM

    Looks like a lot of fun. Glad you got to do it with your daughter! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the movie last week.

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JUNEAU2010 11/20/2012 7:43PM

    That sounds like such a fun run! And that does not even include getting to run it with your daughter! How wonderful!

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SASSYLJB 11/20/2012 6:37PM

    I just completed the one in Charlotte this weekend, the must have been put on by different people, we had different shirts. There was like 4000 at ours in 4 different heats we had a blast as well! can't wait for the next one!

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VALYNN26 11/20/2012 5:36PM

    Looks like alot of fun. How great to do that with your daughter.

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MCJULIEO 11/20/2012 11:33AM

    Oh, how fun! You look like you both had a blast!

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COOP9002 11/20/2012 11:17AM

    Awesome pics! it is so cool that the two of you got to share this experience.

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BTRFLY08 11/20/2012 11:00AM

    Love the pics! Ours was much more organized than yours sounds. There were medics at each color station and it was held at the UNO Lakefront Arena so even though there were thousands of people, parking went rather smoothly. There was also plenty of water. I don't think I've ever seen so much water! We used garbage bags on the seats too!! I'm glad y'all enjoyed it!!

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MIATIA1 11/20/2012 11:00AM

    Glad you and your DD had a good time , looks like fun!

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ISHIIGIRL 11/20/2012 10:45AM

    Wish my daughter would run with me!

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SWAZY33 11/20/2012 10:41AM

    Looks like a fun colorful day for sure! I keep saying I want to do one of those so thanks for the tips!

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YOGAWITCH 11/20/2012 10:38AM

    Looks like a ton of fun lol

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