What do you get when you combine an all white outfit + great music + 3.1 miles + 1,000s of people + And TONS of powdered color?? You get "The Happiest 5K on the Planet!", also known as
The Color Run!
Their website describes this event as: The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. Our events, are all about people of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time. You will love this Color Dash of fun!
Here's my experience...
I started my day at 5am (on my day off...crazy, I know!) My usual schedule on my days off include working out first thing in the morning for at least an hour. Since I know 3.1 miles wouldn't take an hour, I decided to hit the gym first and knock out a mini workout. I must say I LOVE 24 Hour Fitness simply because they're open 24 hours...and it's always dead at 5:30am on a Saturday morning, which is just wonderful (I can't stand crowded gyms). As tired as I was, as soon as I got in a little jog and some elliptical work I was awake and even more pumped for The Color Run!
I made it home, took a quick shower to freshen up and got into my white attire! White shorts, tank, race bib, tube socks, hat, watch and everything underneath! Phil, by the way, was a great support and already up by the time I came home from the gym. We grabbed a quick bite to eat, grabbed my bag of color, camera, sunglasses as well as all the post race necessities (change of clothes, towels, trash bags, water) and we're on our way by 7am!
We made it to City Park in Denver by 7:20am. We were advised that parking would be horrible and to arrive early. Well by the time we got there we had no trouble parking close to the start, which was great. We hung out in the car for about an hour people watching and then headed out. The weather was perfect, sunny, crisp, not too hot and not too cold!
The run started at 9am. After checking out the tents and little shops we headed to the start line. There were no "corrals" or assigned starting spots. If you wanted to go fast you went to the front, and everyone just filled up behind. The race was not timed, it was simply a fun, stress free race to enjoy and not worry about time which was great! Still, the competitor in me (and the fact that I really didn't wanna get stuck behind walkers) made me head to the front.
After some prerace dancing and music it was time to go! This was actually my first 5K. I've done 8 half marathons and one 10K. I must say doing a 5K was very enjoyable and stress free! I went out pretty fast and surprisingly never slowed down! I chatted with a few people, in particular a group of three high school/early collage aged guys who were running in short, and I mean SHORT (at first I thought they were just boxer briefs) white terry cloth shorts with a pink draw string. The good thing about being alone and out front was that I had the "Color Zones" all to myself! This is were the volunteers and staff douse you in their powdered color concoction! There was a different color at each zone. This is were sunglasses, goggles, and bandanas came in handy! I only had sunglasses on and at one spot I got a direct hit to the
I didn't time myself, and like I said, the race wasn't times. BUT I must
RUNNING TO THROUGH THE FINISH LINE!
BEFORE & AFTER
At the end of the run there was a stage where the post race festivities took place! Once more participants finished, this is also where the every 15 minute COLOR BOMBS took place! The volunteers and staff were GREAT! Pumping up the crowd, throwing out bags of color and other merchandise! And as promised, about every 15 minutes they orchestrated a color bomb among the crowd! THIS is were the color really came from! Being smack dab in the middle of the crowd, after everyone opened and threw their color I thought I was gonna die because the cloud of color smoke was so thick and intense! Luckily it dispersed quickly and all was well!
I'm somewhere in the middle of this color explosion!
Me AFTER emerging from all the color madness!
Again, PHIL was such a great supporter! He didn't run, but he stayed the whole time snapping great pictures just being there for me!
I had color EVERYWHERE. The worst spot were the underarms! I don't know if it's because I was sweaty, but IT JUST WOULD NOT COME OFF! I scrubbed quite a bit with a luffa and body wash which eventually got the majority of it off! In hindsight, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS! My arms hurt so bad about an hour later. I literally scrubbed them raw.
Overall, I really can't say anything about this race! I know it would be 10xs more fun doing it with a group of friends! Maybe next time . . .