Why do we run? The reasons are many and varied. One thing we might tend to forget in our quest to hit our next goal is to have some fun along the way. Well, The Color Run is all about having fun so leave your goals at home unless it is to have the most fun over 5km ever! Some choose to walk it, others run it, and the rest do a mix of both. The run is not officially timed and I recommend leaving the Garmin at home.
Some people dress up in costumes. Some wear tutus. Whatever you choose to wear make sure at least your shirt is white. Do not worry, it will not be white at the end!
I was in the first start wave at the Tulsa, Ok Color Run about 30 yards deep into the crowd. A slow start, a lot of weaving, cheering and chatting among the runners and the spectators. The field soon spread out so I was able to get into a comfortable rhythm and take some video as I ran. Ahead I saw what I thought was the first of the color zones only to find out that it was final color zone before the finish, no color yet darn it!
Not to worry, the first color zone was near! The volunteers had giant squeeze bottles filled with the magical color dust, lots and lots of it, and they put it to good use as the runners came through. You could tell each color zone well before you got there as long as you were not in the lead because of the color dust cloud that was created.There are four different color zones on the course so you get the color splash experience plenty of times.
At the finish line most 5ks are over. Done, Finished. Not so at The Color Run the fun is just getting started! Each runner was given a color packet to use at the finish line party. Dance contests, giveaways, Conga Lines, even a hamster ball were all waiting for the finishers to keep the fun going. Then of course there is the color bomb at the end where the runners celebrate by throwing the color dust into the air and on each other at once! A sight not to be missed or sitting on the sidelines for!
So remember, get out there and have some fun sometimes!
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