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First 5km -Color Me RAD

Sunday, September 15, 2013

There was a massive crowd of people assembled at Diefenbaker Park for the Color Me RAD 5km, the very first ever held in my city. The event was completely sold out (4000) and in spite of that, they were still allowing last minute entries. They originally planned for 20 minute waves, but because of the numbers, were having groups go every five minutes!

Getting ready for a start, encouraged by the race bunny:

Each person was given a T-Shirt, reflective sunglasses, tattoo decal and a color bomb in their packets> Needing prescription glasses, I couldn't use mine and as Mom was late bringing me my packet, I didn't have time to deal with the decal.
And they are off:

The crowd was all 20 somethings, and lots were wearing tutus. Here I am clean and pristine:

The were people pushing strollers and young children in it. As this was not timed, it wasn't really a 'race' Its a great thing for someone starting out to try as there is no pressure to finish and is a party atmosphere, with the emphasis on just having fun. My goal was to keep up with my pack as I did not have a chance to look at the new route and didn't want to get 'lost' I did take my GPS watch because I wanted a souvenir of the race route recorded.
I finished in 37 minutes 44 seconds. I alternately walked and jogged.
Here I am all painted up:

My Mom got all caught up in the excitement and buzz and would like to try it herself some time. She would be interested in participating in any of the local charity walks we have of which there are quite a few.
The only major problem I had with this event is the complete lack of portapotties! We were also denied entrance to the Exhibition Grounds facilities. Unreal for an event of this size and length of duration!! Thinking of all the poor young kids, not to mention all the water and vitamin bottles offered everyone!! Also, they did not have recycle bins and bottles and garbage were going into the same trash bins which were too few for the numbers and quickly overflowed. They were asking participants to help pick up the mess, but there was simply no where to put it! You would think the big American conglomerate putting the event on would know the logistics of it and know what is needed after holding so many races across the US and Canada!!
Would I do it again? Probably, but work harder on getting the relatives involved! I would love to have a theme team, as many did. There were two women running around in dragging wedding dresses, it was unreal to see them lol. Their whites soon turned into pinks lol!
Have a Super Sparking Sunday!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WATERMELLEN 9/24/2013 7:37AM

    Aaargh: no portapotties??? What were they thinking???

Such a great idea, otherwise!!

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PCOH051610 9/21/2013 5:04PM

    Sounds like you had a great time! Your mother rocks!

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C8TSON 9/19/2013 9:56PM

    emoticon I loved the Color Run, and I think they are pretty similar. Too bad they didn't have all the kinks worked out, but I'm glad you had a good time anyway. Thanks for sharing the pics with us! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/16/2013 6:53PM

    that looks like so much fun! Yay Linda!

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MEXGAL1 9/16/2013 12:21PM

    Looks like so much fun. You look so cute all "painted" up.
Have a great week and thanks so much for sharing.

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BEEANDHAM 9/16/2013 9:29AM

    I did a Color Me Rad run in May and had so much fun. They were a little disorganized but I think they've only been doing this for a year and will probably get better in time. Glad you enjoyed it!

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KALIGIRL 9/16/2013 9:02AM

    How fun! Hope you get the relatives signed up for next year!

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DEDICATED2HIM 9/16/2013 8:42AM sounds like a lot of fun. I'll bet you had a bunch of people doing "the pee pee dance" LOL. I would love to do a 5k ...dream on.

I'm glad you had a good time.

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CRYSTALJEM 9/15/2013 11:04PM

    Way to go Linda. That sounds like a lot of fun. Great pics. It would be cool to have a themed family team. Too bad about the poor organization. I agree that you'd think that they'd have those logistics easily figured out by now. Have a great week. CJ

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MJREIMERS 9/15/2013 10:29PM

    Sounds like you had fun. The pictures are great, by the way.

I think your mom would have a blast participating with you sometime. You'd probably have to go a bit slower, but I love mother-daughter activities.


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SUZYMOBILE 9/15/2013 7:21PM

    That sounds like so much fun, Linda!!

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1BEACHWALKER 9/15/2013 7:17PM

    That would turn me off, just about the lack of restroom facilities! That is part of the reason I hate to go to all these festivals they have everywhere! Nothing worse than needing to go and not be able to find something or have to stand in a mile long line!
I admire that you did that and I hear lots of SPF's have done it and loved doing it! You are looking great Linda! Really muscular and the extra pounds look good on you! Seriously! I hope your Mom can join you on the next one!
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LJR4HEALTH 9/15/2013 7:12PM

    Looked like a lot of fun

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SEATTLE58ANEW 9/15/2013 6:55PM

    Oh cool, Linda! That sounds like something that I might even try to manage! It looked like fun too! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/15/2013 6:31PM

    I just did the Corporate Challenge. They had porta potties at the beginning and end of the race that almost everyone eschewed, but, as you experienced, nowhere to recycle water bottles. Talk about litter! I was quite disillusioned!

Glad you had fun! I will do the Corporate Challenge again, too!

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LINDA! 9/15/2013 6:02PM

    It does look like a great event. Sorry about the lack of portapotties. That is always a problem when you are drinking and trying to stay hydrated.

I always enjoy the photos.

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/15/2013 5:57PM

    The Color Me Rad events that I have seen reports on look like they would be really fun. The lack of porta-potties and garbage containers is a crime!!


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    That sounds like so much fun!!



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