Sunday, August 31, 2014

Color Run 5 Km Race Report

The girls and I got a bit "colorful" yesterday.  The run was held in Dauphin, MB, a 1 1/2 away and started at 10:00 am.  On the road at 7:15, girls slept most of the way.  So much for having some great quality time with them.

Picked up our bibs by 9 and decided to make a quick trip to Walmart to pick up a couple white hats as I overheard that the color doesn't wash out of your hair for a couple weeks.  Considering I start teaching again on Tues., I wasn't sure how crazy I was to show up with very colorful hair.  The color is very safe in case you were wondering. It is a colored cornstarch so you could run through the color station with your mouth or get it in your eyes with no consequence.  Was also told it is non-staining but because I have never done this before, I wasn't sure.

[caption id="attachment_676" align="aligncenter" width="300"]ready to go ready to go[/caption]

There was 500 participants all dressed in white ready to toe the line and get colored.  We got warmed up with some great Zumba from a local instructor.  Loved it!  Would have loved to have done more for awhile.

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Color was blasted from extinguisher like containers while we were warming up to get us in the spirit.

The 3 mile/ 5 km course took us through the town, spraying us with colors at different "stations".  First was red, green, yellow, blue then purple.

[caption id="attachment_680" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Enjoying some watermelon after one color station Enjoying some watermelon after one color station[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_686" align="aligncenter" width="169"]Mackenzie and I running to the finish Mackenzie and I running to the finish[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_687" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Mackenzie just blasted with purple Mackenzie just blasted with purple[/caption]

At the finish line we were handed individual bags of color. Then, anyone with a bag of color gathered in one spot and at the count of 3, send the color up.  Pretty neat.

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The weather was beautiful and sunny, 13 degrees C and no wind.  A perfect day.  We did a walk/run most of the time, just having fun and enjoying every moment.

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There was a bbque after the run (we did have to pay) with hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks.  Though it wasn't far to run, we didn't have much to eat for breakfast and we were all ravenous.  Hamburgers at 10:45 isn't my usual, but so nice to color outside the lines.

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Options for ride home with our messy bodies:

a. cover the car seats with towels

b. get blasted with cold water outside

c. try to wash a bit off in the washroom

Option C won out.  Cleaned up pretty well.  Still got really crazy looks from people while we got gas and food.

Ended the adventure with these on the way home. Sounds like a good lunch right?  Don't drool.

[caption id="attachment_683" align="aligncenter" width="300"]frozen yogurt reeces peanut butter cup twister frozen yogurt reeces peanut butter cup twister[/caption]

In conclusion:

If you are looking to do a fun run with your family, a color run is the way to go.  Everyone will have a blast.  Tons of families there running and walking. I got each ticket for $25 plus my gas and food meant we spent just over $100 to attend this event with nothing to bring home except dirty laundry.  It was held as a fundraiser for the figure skating organization and was a nice change to donate than buying tickets or chocolates.

And oh, by the way, all the color was out after 1 shower.


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