If you’re not familiar with these color runs, here’s the lowdown: you wear as much white as possible to the run, and then throughout the course you run through “color stations.” In each station, there are volunteers shooting out colored food-grade cornstarch at you. So throughout the course, you’re treated to several stations that transform those white duds into a rainbow of color. And at the end of the race, there’s regularly scheduled ‘color bombs’ where everyone stands by the finish and tosses a packet of color into the air.
I had a great time at my first color run, with the exception of a few very small complaints. First, the race didn’t start on time, which was a little frustrating but it was only about 10 minutes off. Also, it’s a non-timed and non-competitive event, so this really wasn’t a big deal, but who wants to be standing around at the start line when you’re excited to race? The second minor complaint was that it was advertised as the “Splash of Color 5K”, but was really only about 2.3 miles. Afterward, they mentioned on their facebook page that the town was worried about the color staining the roadways so they had to alter the course route. Again, since it wasn’t a timed event it wasn’t a huge deal, but a little disappointing that it was only 2.3 instead of 3.1 miles.
Other than that though, I had a BLAST at the Splash of Color 5K! It was really fun to run through the color stations, and I loved the mass color explosion at the end (although somehow I could only get my packet to open partially, and in trying to get the color powder out of it I managed to get it all over my face and under my sunglasses into my eye). It was neat being able to just head out and not worry about timing or anything and enjoy a race for pure fun. Plus, it seemed like a great event for families, kids, and anyone wanting to dabble into road races but nervous about a more competitive event. I’d definitely take part in it again!
Check out the fun pics below: