Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Colors of the Rainbow (ATL Color Run & Easter)

I was fortunate enough to snag a free entry to The Color Run in Atlanta on Easter weekend. Thanks Vanessa! For the low, low price of free how could I pass up the chance to experience the latest trend in adventure racing.

We did the Atlanta encore race. The first Atlanta race was held the week prior at Piedmont Park. It sold out within a couple weeks and had over 10,000 participants, so they added a second one at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

According to the announcer about 5,000 people turned out for this one. 5,000 people seemed like an awful lot, so I can only imagine what it was like with a crowd of 10,000.

I think this is an excellent concept. It was a good mixture of people from all different age groups and ability levels. It think it would have been a blast if Emily were a bit older and we were doing it as a family with Mr. B, or if I was doing it with a bunch of girlfriends.

However, going solo, I have to admit I wasn’t very into it. I wanted to see what it was all about, but I had a bunch of errands and other things to do afterwards. Therefore, tried my best not to get too “colorful”.



Total lameness on my part. I told you so.

Since it’s all about the experience, and not competition, it’s more of a casual walk than a run. To further add to the lameness, I sort of wanted to get through the course quickly so I could move on to other things. At each kilometer was a “color station”, where they had people on either side throwing the color. I avoided the jam-ups, and getting hit directly with color, by breezing through the middle of each one.

The “color” is basically colored corn starch. The organizers say it’s safe and non-toxic, but I still wasn’t keen on the idea of it getting into our eyes and lungs. Even though I cut through the middle, there were huge powder clouds to run through at each color station. I ran with my sunglasses on and pulled the collar of my shirt up over my nose and mouth to limit my ingestion of it.

Emily was safely cocooned in the stroller with the rain cover over top. It worked beautifully to protect her. I had watched some other moms trying to cover up parts of their strollers with trash bags in the starting area. Amateurs :) I heard of lot of “Great idea, why didn’t I think of that?” along the way.

If you don’t get enough color on the course, never fear, there’s a color explosion at the end. I didn’t partake, but it did look quite fun.

How you were supposed to end up looking.....

And for a little bit of irony, after being painted like human easter eggs, later that day we went on a hunt for them.

We left with enough jelly beans to fuel a thousand marathons. Is anyone else still detoxing from Easter candy? Please tell me I'm not the only one.

Is there a unique event or adventure race that's caught your attention recently?


  1. Brooke @ Exercise For FriesApril 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I thought that was you! My friends husband took your 'after' picture and we couldn't figure out why you were so clean... We were all coverd!

  2. Hmm, I can see how it would be fun in a group or as family, but not so much when you're running by yourself. I probably would have just been annoyed. Ha!

  3. Glad it was fun...but I can see how it would be less exciting going solo! Definitely need a group for something like that. Next time I should give away TWO tickets, huh? ;)

  4. I wanted to do that soooo badly! Next year it's on! :)

  5. hmmmm, there is a race by my parts that includes mud, but also something about jumping over fire. Maybe further down the road, but I'm on week 7 of c25k and my goal is a normal low-key with not many people 5k. Then I can do exciting races like you! PS: Emily's dress is adorable!

  6. Our Color Run sold out in a day! My friend is doing it.

    Damn, I already forgot our candy again now that you mention it. If they stuffed those eggs with chips I'd probably be in rehab for overdosing. lol

  7. You were there too? Aww, I wish you would have said something!

  8. My brother told me about that race. He was excited about it, I would have been worried about staining my clothes, car, and who knows what else. Yep, I'm lame like that.

  9. These color runs have really become popular- I've never done one, but I could see that it would be more fun with friends. Easter candy detox, um, yes!!

  10. Looks like quite the race! I've never heard of a color run before. And goodness --- I think I'm still trying to get over the insane amount of sugar and chocolate I ate at Easter... :-)

  11. I just discovered your running blog! I was at the Color Run too. As I was standing in the backed up line to get "colored", I remember seeing a mom with a stroller (covered in plastic)run past me!