I participated in my 4th Color Run over the weekend in Tacoma, WA and I have to say there is just something so addicting about running in a tutu and getting completely covered in colored powder! For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Color Run, it is a for profit run that donates a portion of their proceeds to a charitable organization (Ours donated to The Ronald McDonald House).
There is an awesome starting line party where they usually host some sort of group Zumba/stretching warm up and then throw out some free goodies and send you on your way. (Last time, Joseph even scored a free hat!) On the course, there are four different color stations to run through (ours were pink, yellow, blue and purple <— new!!!) and one water station halfway through.
The Color Run knows how to throw an after party! They have a live DJ on stage to hype the crowd and other crew members throwing out more free goodies! Then for my favorite part, they do a COLOR TOSS where everyone in the crowd throws the color packet included with your registration up in the air! SO MUCH FUN!
Our before photo…
and our after photo!
SO MUCH COLOR! 🙂 (My favorite was purple which I haven’t seen before!!!!)
Confetti at the finish line! BEST IDEA EVER!
If you see the Runicorn, you MUST take a picture with him! He’s a tricky one to track down! It took me 3 Color Runs to get a pic with him! VICTORY!
If you are going to do a color run, here are a few things to consider:
– There are a lot of different color runs to choose from. Make sure to do your research to make sure yours is legit so you can have the best experience possible. I have only done the official Color Run, so I can’t speak to how the others work. I have however done the Cosmic Run, which is a night time version of a color run and it was not a good experience.
– A lot of people sign up for color runs and end up walking (like I did this time due to an injury), so if your the type of runner that doesn’t like to deal with a lot of walkers, this might not be your jam. I will say though that this time the course was clearly marked with a runner and walker section, so that should help ease the confusion.
– If you have color treated hair, wash it right away! Mine is still pink two days later! EEEEKKK!!!
– If you’re looking for a less intimidating 5k to break into the running scene, I would highly recommend checking one of these out!
Make sure to comment below on your experiences with color runs! Love ’em or leave ’em?