Last weekend I participated in my first 5K Color Run in Hartford, Connecticut, and let me say it was quite the experience. As we pulled up to the race it was definitely different than other ones I’ve participated in the past. Girls had colorful tutus on, guys had high bright socks, and parents were running with their kids in strollers. It was great to see such a wide range of ages at a fun and exciting fitness event.
The way the Color Run works is that at each kilometer a color dye is thrown on you. I would suggest wearing a light colored shirt, shorts, old sneakers, and sunglasses to block the flying colors. Don’t wear anything that you don’t want to get a little messy! The colors are blue, pink, green, yellow, and orange. I liked this because I knew that as a color came up I was that much closer to the finish line. As you pass the colors everyone screams and looks forward to more colors! The Color Run isn’t about beating the competition, it’s about having fun with those running around you. You start out all white and end all colored on!
I ran the Color Run with a team: Team Freaking Awesome to be exact. I think it’s always easier to pace yourself when you have a buddy or two with you. When you feel like you have to stop your buddy is there to motivate you to keep going or to take that break for a couple of minutes. We ran in the third wave at 8:45am. I was very thankful for this because when we finished the race around 9:20 it was almost 90 degrees out! It’s important to hydrate before any race, eat a light breakfast, and stretch so that you don’t cramp up or feel faint during the run.
When we came up to the finish line we all picked up our pace. It was a great feeling when we crossed the 5K as a team. People from The Color Run are there high-fiving you and congratulating you too. The race isn’t timed, which makes it that much more fun. It’s about finishing the race and doing the best you can. You start and you finish together with your team. At the end of the race the whole place breaks out in a dance party and more color gets thrown around! The more the merrier.
The Color Run is a run I would suggest to everyone! There is the Color Run or Color Me Rad. Both are similar and take place all around the country. The next run up on my list is the Electric Run or the Mud Run! Time to cross them off the list!
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