The Color Run

by Lindsay on 07/26/2012

At the beginning of this month, I ran a 5k called The Color Run. The idea is that everyone wears white and at every kilometer, a different color of dyed powder (edible-grade gulal, made in India) is thrown on the participants by “‘certified’ color throwers.” This race is sweeping the nation and experienced record numbers in Kansas City. They even opened up a second day, and each day sold out with something like 12,000 participants per day. Scott and Lucas humored me and hung out the whole time. Such good sports! Scott even fed Lucas breakfast in his stroller. It is crazy to think we were gone for about 3 hours, although it only took me about 30 minutes to run.

Oh right… it’s called a “run,” but it is more like a walk with the option to run. Maybe it was just my experience, maybe it was the heat. The idea is brilliant, really. There are a million+1 races to sign up for, but only so many runners. The runners’ pockets have been tapped out. This race attracts people who have never run a day, let alone a race, in their lives. The company makes sure everyone knows it is all about having fun. They don’t even time it, so it cuts out the cost of the race timing company. Since no one is really out to set a PR, there is no need for all the carbs and sports drinks at the end. I just hope all the extra profit they end up with lands in the hands of the partner charity. Some interesting sights: people stop-drop-and-rolling in areas where the pavement happened to have a “puddle” of color, a participant with some chew tobacco tucked in his lip (granted, we hadn’t actually started the race yet, but I’m not sure that mattered), purple boogers (what, you don’t look at your tissue after you blow your nose?) and plenty of colorful tutus, wigs, and socks. It isn’t often, outside of a hair salon, you hear color being talked about as a physical thing. “I don’t want to get color on my gum.”

It was a fun experience, and I would definitely recommend it as a great first race or sign up with friends and family.

Lindsay Ramon

There are 7 comments in this article:

  1. 07/26/2012Allison says:

    Maybe I can run (or walk) it with you sometime šŸ™‚

  2. 07/26/2012grandma lois says:

    count me out

  3. 07/26/2012Joan Nelson says:

    Count me in…looks like so much FUN! Hope we get one in Peoria some day soon…(while I`m still able).

  4. 07/28/2012Aunt Karen says:

    What a HOOT!! I’ve never heard of such a thing! What fun!! I did the Bix 7 mile run in Davenport, yesterday…..worked at it, sitting down at a table that is šŸ™‚ So love your pictures and comments! The pic of Lucas and watermelon could be in a contest for cutest baby and best photographer!

  5. 07/29/2012Lindsey Towne says:

    I’ve been trying to convince Aaron to sign up with me for the next one in L.A. He thinks it’s a lame idea. Maybe I’ll just have to leave him in the cheering section then!

  6. 07/30/2012Lindsay says:

    Aunt Karen, you are so funny! They have a Color Run in Des Moines! I saw a woman with, what I guessed to be, her 3 year old grandson in an umbrella stroller and maybe 8 year old granddaughter walking or running beside her. I thought, “Karen should do this with her granddaughters!”

    Lindsey, Scott was just like Aaron (and it was probably 85% women), so I say sign up with some girls you know would have fun with it. If you, Allison, and I are ever in the same city when one is going on, we should plan on doing it! Pie in the sky…

  7. 08/3/2012Andrea Mattingly says:

    I bet this made for one interesting shower! :o)