Color Me Rad Chattanooga

Awhile back I told Jason I wanted to do a color run.  When I told him what a color run was, his immediate response was something along the lines of "You're kidding right?"  Then we had a long conversation about this being a 'thing.' Like a big thing.  Lots of people do them and they have them all over the place. Which, made me realize, I guess they are kind of weird.  I wonder if it will be this fad where, for a couple of years, everyone is doing them and then they will fade out.  I guess only time will tell but for the time being, they seem to be sicking around.  Which is a good thing because they sure are fun.  We did a Color Me Rad run.   Here is a really interesting article that talks a little bit about the history of the color run.  I didn't realize the idea for it came from the Hindu Holi spring festival. It makes me like it little more to be honest.  And, makes it all the more fun that we ran it in the spring. Here are a few notes on my thoughts on the run and a crap ton of photos.

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1. Leave your competitiveness at home.

I'm a competitive runner.  Wait, let me rephrase that.  I like to compete against myself when I run. Running is a solitary activity for me.  A color run isn't like that. It is an un-timed fun run.  I also don't think it is something you should do alone.  I ran with three other girls, and we all stayed together, for the most part, and it is was great. Seriously, these gals made my run (Hi Jenn, Sandy and Whitney).  Dancing through a cloud of pink paint is just more fun with someone else.

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2. It isn't a real 5k (or like any other run)

I'm not sure how far it was, but I do know it wasn't a 5k.  Not even close. Which, makes it a perfect run for non-runners.  And this run was full of them.  I love to see non-runners getting involved in runs.  A couple of years ago I couldn't run a mile. I was very much a newbie. The laid back nature was a really different feel. A lot less intimidating way to get into running events. People didn't bust out of the gate running, like at the half marathons I've done in the past, it was more like a slow jog.  As we finished we actually heard an MC reminding people to head over to the start line and run. I've never heard anything even close to that at another run.  Super chill.

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3.  "People watching" makes this race great.

People wore crazy things and acted insane. It was great. I love people watching and people in ridiculous outfits are super entertaining.

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4.  Clean up isn't terrible.

While they did have some liquid paint, which I'll be honest, I avoided because it was freezing,  the powder is just cornstarch.  It was a little annoying in that I kept getting some in my mouth.  The upside is that it made these pretty clouds of color.  Most of it came off when I showered and my clothes seem fine.  I was a little concerned about staining.  I'm sure I'll be finding traces of color for the next few days, but all in all, not any where near as bad as it could have been.

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5.  The end is the best.

At the end, everyone just clumped together and threw color.  They had a MC tossing out color and giveaways along with tons of loud music.  Everyone was dancing. It was so fun.  It was a happy, hippie colorfest with pop music.  The "funnest" part.  Hands down.


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See my purple lips in the photo above?  Not the only thing that was purple . . .  check out my sweat stains.

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Yes, I just posted an arm pit sweat shot.  I'm classy like that. Speaking of class, the first time tried to take my yoga photo above, I almost busted my butt. My friend snapped a photo mid fall. I'm so graceful.

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All in all, it was a great event. I'm not really sure I'd do one again, but it was an great one time experience.

PS.  We went to Taco Mamacito's afterwards which was almost as fun as the run. Oh, and here is a before picture.  Thanks ladies for making my day!

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