So, it’s not a big secret… I love themed races. The wilder, the better! Maybe that’s why The Color Run and I are such a great fit… They encourage dressing up, getting loud, and being super insane. On a personal level, I agree with all of these principles.
I ran the first event they ever held in New Hampshire waaaay back in 2013 and coincidentally, it was also the first race I’d ever done, period. I was crazy nervous, me being a newbie and all (and dealing with Lyme Disease) and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Looking back, I’m so glad they were my first running event and they taught me so much about myself, races, and how to lighten up, relax, and enjoy myself. It’s there I learned that I don’t need to walk up to the start line of a race in a knotted stress-ball of tension. It’s totally OK to throw up my hands, jump and down, sing loudly and totally off-key with lyrics that aren’t exactly right, and just have a blast.
Curious if The Color Run is right for you? Well, it probably is. But if you need more convincing, here’s why I think you need to run this race, like, right now…
1. If a raging party and a 5k had a baby, it would be The Color Run. Sure, you’re going to run, walk, skip, cartwheel or crawl 5k (or 3.1 miles for those not great at math, like me), but this is an un-timed fun run. The goal isn’t to blow the doors off of everybody, it’s to have a ton of fun and finish looking like you rolled in a bag of Skittles. That said, if you want to break a new land speed record and run so fast the color doesn’t stick to you (some runners actually make dodging the color bombs a game), that’s your prerogative. As long as you’re having fun, the race is a success!
2. All humans are welcome, no exceptions! Young, old, fit, curvy, accomplished runner, jogging neophyte, or group of friends out for a stroll, all are not just welcome… They’re celebrated! You’ll be surrounded by people just like you, ready to get drenched in color and have a wild time. My first race with The Color Run was when I was dealing with Lyme Disease and the only race I felt like engaging in was racing my husband to the specialty Oreo flavor that month… But I have to say, the folks at The Color Run made me feel so amazing. It was nothing short of magic!
3. Color + Glitter = The Color Run Shine Tour 2015. This year The Color Run hits new levels by adding all
4. The party spills onto social media too. The party doesn’t just happen on race day at the finish line, it happens on social media too! Use the #WeShine or #TheColorRun hashtags and marvel at how you have become mini-famous, even if only for a moment. Search the hashtag and find other happy humans just like you partying at your location or at other The Color Run race points from around the world.new swag that promotes it from “want” to “need.” A shirt, a headband, a glitter color packet, sparkly tattoos, and yes… Even a medal. A medal people! A MEDAL! We know how I feel about medals. My son’s first racing medal came from The Color Run and he still treasures that thing like it’s made of real gold.
5. This video. Folks… The people in this video? You could be them. Enough said.
6. The Color Run is the enemy of those who take themselves too seriously. If one of the things that makes you nervous about doing racing events is the people who are too darn serious, then this race is for you. There’s no elitism here, nobody looking down their nose at the person wearing a huge tutu and scream-singing “Firework” at the top of their lungs (trust me, that person was me, and nobody cared and several people joined in), just hundreds of people looking to do the same darn thing.
7. Come as you are, who you want to be, or as something totally different! I’m a big advocate of running races in costumes. So are the folks at The Color Run! Wear a tutu, wear a wig, wear a glitter skirt, heck… Wear a cape. You’ll see all of that and more at The Color Run. In fact, the last event I did, I saw a bridal party with the bride doing a very creative “trash the dress” photo shoot to cap off her honeymoon.
8. You can be a legit VIP (and save some coin too). The folks at The Color Run, they’re looking out for you. If you join their VIP list, they’ll let you know when a race is coming to your area, give you a shot at registering before everybody else (sometimes earning you extra swag), and they’ll offer you discounts! Frugal fun? I like it!
9. It’s super family friendly. My son has been doing these events on foot and in a stroller since he was 2 years old, and he is not alone. There are tons of families, strollers, and small children that race in the last waves of The Color Run. Plus kids 5 and under… They’re free! Last time he ran as Darth Vader. It confused many people, but hey, he had fun.
10. It’s The Color Run! Honestly, that in and of itself is enough of a reason. They’re the largest race series in the world, have done more than 300 events in 60 countries. They have a reputation for being society-minded and charity driven, and their mission statement is to celebrate healthiness, individuality, and happiness. No wonder The Color Run is the happiest 5k on the planet!
For more information, be sure to visit The Color Run website. check their events map to find out when they’re coming to a city near you, and sign up for their VIP list for some pretty sweet deals. If you’re so inclined, search their hashtags #WeShine, #ShineOn, and #TheColorRun and see the stupid level of fun people are already having with out you.
I plan on running The Color Run New Hampshire, so keep an eye out for me! I’ll be the one with the huge tutu singing “Firework.” I’m not a great singer, but I make up for it in enthusiasm.