The Color Run

27 Dec

I know that I am posting this race report about 6 months late. It’s been a busy 6 months, but now that I have some free time from work over the holidays I figured I would catch up with some much-needed race reports and other blog related things.


On July 8th I ran The Color Run in Philadelphia, PA with two of my friends. The race is dubbed “the happiest race on earth” and it really lives up to it, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

Packet pick up was by the Philadelphia Art Museum. It was super hot out (I’m pretty sure it broke into the high 90s that weekend) but luckily they had tents out so we were able to wait in line in the shade. They give you a bib but it doesn’t really do anything except show that you’re registered for the race. There are no professional photos and no timers. So for that reason I have no idea how long it took us to complete the 5k course.

The morning of the race we got to the race area early, we were hoping to be in one of the first few waves to start. For this race they didn’t have people sign up for specific time slots, though I’ve seen them do this for other city’s races.

As instructed we were dressed in white. I picked up a cheapo white tank top at target, they gave us the headbands and tattoos and I bought a pair of sunglasses (in pink!) too. I was really glad I had them because I didn’t have to worry about getting the colored powder in my eyes.

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They did a great job pumping all the runners up as we waited at the start line. We ended up being in the second wave which was awesome

The first color station was pink (they are roughly every 1k or so). It was so cool to run through the powder! My only complaint is that the volunteer threw it at my mouth, causing me to cough up pink powder for a good 5 minutes. Luckily my friend had a water bottle so I could clear out my mouth. This is me after the powder-in-mouth incident. ha.ColorRun (2)

The next station was blue. This gives you a good idea of what the color stations look like – pretty cool right?

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We developed a pattern of walking the color stations so we could get as much color as possible, and running in between them. Below is station #4 – Yellow. I didn’t grab a photo of the orange one.ColorRun (4)

After we crossed the finish we were pretty colored.  But we still joined the after-party. The Color Run post-race party has a rockin’ DJ and everyone is given an individual color packet to throw up in the air. This is where we got a lot more color. It was a lot of fun, and probably the only race where I have actually stuck around afterwards.

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Post-race we headed back to the hotel to shower. Everything came off easily with a little scrubbing. My scalp was the only thing that maintained a little blue color for a few days after.

I threw my shorts, bra, headband and socks in the washer with detergent and they came pretty clean (I have worn them all again).

My shoes definitely got some color, but I purposely wore an old pair of running shoes so it didn’t bother me.

As for my white tank top, I followed the instructions on The Color Run’s website, and sprayed it with white vinegar, ironed it and then washed it in hot water, and it maintained a good amount of color. I wear it to bum around the house and work out.

Overall, I definitely recommend one of these races if they come to a city near you. They are a ton of fun!

4 Responses to “The Color Run”

  1. Tanya December 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Great race report! I did one this summer, too. Like yours, it was soooo hot, but pretty fun. My pace wasn’t anything to write home about (I think it took me 40 minutes), but it wasn’t a race that was supposed to be fast- despite what some people thought as they yelled and blew past me. 😉 I had trouble with my asthma due to all the powder, so if I ever do one again I will wear a bandana to cover my mouth through the aid stations. I liked it, tho. It was neat to see all different kinds of people out there. Ones who probably never do 5Ks. The comraderie and overall atmosphere was pretty fun!

    • Becca December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Good point about covering your mouth! Glad you had fun too!


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