Last Saturday, I woke up way too dang early and had tons of fun. My friends (Isabelle, Ivy, Anne) and I each bought a Groupon to attend a 5k color run. It ended up being $17.50 per person. We were expecting to walk around a track for a couple of hours and get pelted with colored corn starch. That’s sort of what happened.
The Color Run
We registered when we got to the motocross park at 8am. Part of our registration fee went to a packet of stuff that boiled down to a free shirt, a plastic bracelet, a placard to pin to our shirt, and a bag of color. We could buy more bags of color if we wanted them too. Once we all had our placards on, we wandered around the little covered tent-booths that the sponsors were in until the run started at 9am.
One of the booths was a bootcamp group in the area that was having a push-up contest with women versus men. They needed at least 5 of each, so I volunteered to be the 5th even though I knew I couldn’t beat the current lady in the lead who had done 47 pushups in the allotted 30 seconds. Holy moly. I did pretty well though…29 pushups in 30 seconds (19 amazing full-plank pushups, and 10 really shaky ones, lol). My arms were jelly…
We headed to the course at 9am and took off when they gave us the go ahead. In case you didn’t know, a motocross course is made for racing dirt bikes. It has big hills and stuff that are probably tons of fun on a bike…not as much when you are walking in 100 degree heat for 2-3 hours. Sheesh. Stupid motocross.
But we girls kept each other company and had a good time. Every time we saw a “color station” where they pelt you with color packets, we made sure to turn front and back to get fully covered, lol. After crossing the finish line, we had our own color party with the bags of color we all still had. So by the time we were heading out, we were definitely a colored mess. It was fun!
The only downside to the day was that it started raining on the way back to our cars. Anne and I ended up changing behind her SUV and bagged our clothes. Isabelle and Ivy ended up getting stuck in the mud and needed to get towed out (a nice guy on an ATV helped them out). The colors stain no matter what they tell you. It looks really great on the shirts, sort of a pastel piece of art, but we had to wipe everything else down very quickly so cars and shoes wouldn’t be stained. Our bras are pretty much tie-dyed now. But overall, great day and completely worth the hassle!
Color Run Rules and Info
- Wear white – a white shirt was required. They ended up giving out free ones, but I wore a pure white one I got from the thrift store for $4.
- Walking or running or jogging or even cheating and cutting corners was okay. It’s just supposed to be fun.
- Part of the registration fee is donated to a charity in the area.
- The color packets are colored corn starch. I have asthma, but I was fine just holding my breath at color stations.
- Goggles or glasses do help keep sweat and corn starch out of your eyes.
- Make sure you are okay with tie-dyed anything-that-you-wear.
If you can find a discount on Groupon, I would totally suggest color runs! It was fun despite the heat and the mess. Next time, we’re doing this in the fall or winter, but we all had fun anyway.