Being a grown-up is pretty lame. Go to work, run errands, pay bills. The daily grind is so boooooring. So who doesn't love an opportunity to let your kid flag fly?
Enter the Color Run, a 5K of straight-up silliness that ends in a cornucopia of chromacity. You haven't seen so many hues since your finger-painting days.
This stateside-famous event is all about entertainment: just a fun-for-all jaunt in which participants get pelted with a rainbow of "magical color dust." (No, really, that is exactly how it's described at the website.) You can run, walk, or skip the 3.1 miles. And there's no timing, no pressure, no overly serious athletes, or other buzzkills.
does the color-bombing work? Each kilometer along the race course has
its own hue. 1K is yellow, 2K is blue, 3K is green, 4K is pink, and the
5K finish is dubbed a "Color Extravaganza." As the participants hit each
zone, they're blitzed with color by a waiting crowd. Organizers
describe the color-pelting process as "like getting into a powdered
sugar food fight." More colorful, but not as tasty.
runners can register as individuals ($45 till July 1) or in sweet teams
of four or more ($40 till July 1). In addition to the discounts, registering as a team has the added bonus of letting you come up with your own custom team name (think
"the Rainbow Brites"). Team members can run/walk/jump/skip together or
separately, and are tasked with getting each other as kaleidoscopic as
For the cost of registration, you score a custom Color Run race
shirt, a bag of "color" (don't snort it, party people), a race number, a sweet sweat band, and the fuzzy feeling of having donated to a local charity. There'll also be swag from run sponsors.
white is nearly the only requirement to participate. And that's just a no-brainer -- don't you want a one-of-a-kind,
better-than-tie-dye original getup at the end? Sure you do. Your goal should be to come out of this race looking like Robin
Williams after the food fight scene in Hook.
aren't welcome, which is a bummer -- who wouldn't love to see a rainbow-colored
Chihuahua? But kids in running strollers are. Don't worry, the
powdered stuff is non-toxic and, actually, edible.
And there's a post-run party to boot, which promises bands, food, more color, and all kinds of other fun festivities.
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Personally, we think this is one of the coolest events, like, ever. The kid in us can't wait to get all polychromatic. Registrations sell out fast, so get on it. Roy G. Biv awaits.