As I mentioned in my last post, this weekend I did two races. Okay, well I wouldn’t really consider The Color Run a “race” since it’s not even timed and the main goal is to have fun.
Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast! However, they changed the location from last year, and it was just an overall lackluster event. We have decided that next year we are probably going to end up doing the Flying Pirate half marathon in the Outer Banks instead.
This year was the Kaleidoscope Tour, which I thought was a good marketing move. No one wants to do the exact same event twice, so they tweaked it just enough that people would want to do it again.
We went to packet pickup on Friday night. Last year the whole thing had a party feel to it, but this year it was more of an assembly line. They also didn’t give us our color packet, but instead the bibs had a tear-off part at the bottom to get it at the finish line. I think they have had a problem with people using them before the color throw at the end, so that actually was kind of smart of them to change it.
The “swag” had improved from the year before. The packet came in an awesome reusable bag, and had temporary tattoos, a newly designed shirt, a headband, and a wristband. They also had a store set up with all kinds of cool, reasonably priced (as far as race gear goes) merchandise. I purchased a purple tutu, a reversible headband (because I LOVE headbands), and a sticker (which I plan on making a magnet and putting on my car).
The rest of Friday was pretty much a girls night out with my mom. We shopped (and found a pet store and played with the most adorable English Bulldog puppy) and ate and then went back to hang out at our hotel. Side story about the hotel: at the same time we arrived to check in, about 60 obnoxious high school students were doing the same thing. Apparently there was a technical school conference nearby at the same time, and the hotel lady felt sorry for us and gave us a complementary upgrade to a VERY fancy room I’m still not sure why anyone would need a room that large in a hotel, but it was kind of fun.
|The bag my shirt came in. Pretty cute!|
After a horrible night’s sleep (the pillows on the beds were too fat), we woke up and mom and I decided to go for a matching 80s inspired look with the headbands they had given us. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to wear shorts and a short sleeve shirt. I figured it worked last year so it would work this year. However, last year it was in June, and this year it was in April. I regretted that decision as soon as I walked outside into the windy 48* weather.
Luckily, the race started at a civic center, so we were able to stand inside until the race started.
The following is a breakdown of various aspects of the event:
Course: Eh. It went through a residential area and had some cool houses but wasn’t very scenic. There were some hills. Nothing super special.
Volunteers: They were very into what they were doing! They were all covered in the color they were throwing and threw out generous amounts to the runners.
Color Zones: There was one less than last year, but this year they added purple (my favorite color) so that kind of made up for it.
Finish line: The area to exchange the tab from your bib for your color packet was a disaster. It was a mob of people thinking they were going to run out or something. I got stepped on several times. There were also KIND bars, water, and Panera goodies (with no limit on how many you could eat). That was my favorite.
The best part of The Color Run is the color throw at the end. This year, they did them less frequently, so there were a lot of people participating in each one. Somehow we got in the middle, and the sun was blocked out for a minute or so when the color was thrown. It was pretty awesome and I got covered in color.
Overall, it was a fun event, but next year I may stick closer to home. I’m not sure I want to travel for an event that several charities in my area are trying to host for the upcoming Fall/Spring race season. I think next year I may choose a smaller event, and use the money to try something new.
|Check out my colorful hair!|
Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast! But I’m always ready for a new challenge. Maybe I’ll replace the color with mud 😉