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.
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