The Color Run – Post Race Recap

The Color Run was everything I hoped it would be!  Well, not so much RUN as Color PARTY, but still a blast none-the-less!

Saturday morning, I woke up after getting only about 3 hours of sleep AGAIN (I hate my job) making this race number 2 that I did with only 3 hours of sleep. My friend, Theresa that also ran in New Mexico with me, arrived at my place at 7:30 AM and we made our way over to the race. We sported our newly made tank tops to the event!

We also put “the Color Run” on the front

We found parking pretty easily because we know Denver well, but it wasn’t well listed on the info packet or website where they wanted you to park for the race. Luckily the museum has a 3 level underground parking garage that housed our car for the morning.

Pre-Colored

As we made our way across the field toward the start; you could already feel the energy bouncing from everyone! Music blared from the speakers….people we dancing…for being so early in the morning, everyone seemed to be full of energy and in a great mood!

denver color run start

Making our way across the field

We made our way to the back of starting line crowd. Thinking that we were running a little late because we were pretty far back was a mistake. Twice and many people that we passed filled in behind us! As we looked around, it was a sea of white! Everyone pre-race was bleach white waiting to be colored!

I don’t like children very much, but she was pretty adorable!

As we waited in line for our wave to start, we watched people practice with their color pouches by throwing them in the air to color bomb their friends.

Color practice

Then, Finally! It was our turn! We neared the starting line, music played and the DJ counted down! We made our way through city park. There was so many people, it would have been impossible to seriously run, but obviously you don’t sign up for the color run if you’re trying to PR. We jogged along, people watching, getting sprayed by peoples’ colors until the first color zone!

In the Color Zone!

I will tell you this….the color tastes disgusting!! I think it’s just dyed corn starch, so technically it is edible, but I highly recommend holding your breath as long as you can in the color zones! The website does suggest a scarf or something to tie around your mouth as well as sunglasses to protect your eyes. (The only thing I didn’t like about this race was the parents that brought small children…I saw numerous children crying because they didn’t understand to close their eyes or mouths and got a face full of color accidentally)

Another Color Zone

There were 4 color zones total: Blue, Orange, Green, and Yellow. I REALLY wanted a whole pink color zone, but no such luck, I had to wait till the color party afterwards to get pink-color-bombed.

Finished!

We made our way to the Finish Festival where every 15 minutes they have a color throw countdown which makes for the famous color cloud that you see in the youtube videos.

The Finish Festival Color Party

It did look pretty cool being in the crowd when everyone threw their colors, but not gonna lie, it smelled gross, tasted nasty and made it really hard to breathe.

Color Cloud

After that, we walked around the booths and headed home! Awesome race! We both had a blast!

colorfied!

I just wish the color would have stayed in my shirt!

I just wish the color would haves stayed on my shirt!

Full Body Color

Full Body Color

The Color Run – Pre Race Review

Doesn’t that just look like a blast?! I’m so exited for this race!! A friend of mine posted a link to the Color Run months ago on my Facebook wall thinking I might like to do it. Sure enough, he was right! I registered shortly after.

The Denver Color Run has partnered with The Children’s Hospital as the local charity to benefit; which is a great reason to run – even if I don’t like children!!! haha jk! I think all the other states have different charities to benefit including other children’s hospitals. I like that idea of a “chain run” but each state gets to personalize with their own local charities. The Denver run apparently sold out really fast, but it seems like a lot of the Color Runs in other states have been selling out as well. Well no wonder, because it looks like the most fun run ever!

Pretty picture of City Park I found online; Surprisingly, from growing up in CO, I don’t have any pictures of City Park really!

Denver’s Color Run will be held in City Park; which is a lovely part of the city. This where the zoo and museum are and the park itself is very pretty and full of unique statues. From growing up in Arvada (pretty much Denver; it’s a little suburb just north-west of Denver) I’ve been to City Park countless times for various events, field trips, other races, and of course, I’ve been to the zoo more times than I can remember.

As I am to understand, the race is 5k, but I guess I wouldn’t really call it a “race.” Its sounds more like a party, a colorful party – minus the kegs, but probably not far off from something I’ve done in college. As you run along, each kilometer mark has a different color station where they throw 5 different colors at you. If you stand toward the outsides of the roads, you get blasted more than if you’re in the middle. You better believe I will be in the “high color” zone!

Color Run Denver

Race Packet!

After getting back from picking up my packet, I started rummaging through the goodies….my t-shirt (that I’m actually going to save from the color because me and my friend are making our own tank tops to get fully colorful), head band (I’ll add it too my head band collection right next to my Tough Mudder one!), bib number, and the all important powder color bag to throw at the end ceremonies! Apparantly this is a big deal, but I wonder how many people make it to the end with their color packets because you have to carry it the whole time…it makes no sense…but I’ll have it with me none-the-less!

I have not goals for this race again, just to jog along, get as colored as I can and try and take some awesome pictures! And that’s pretty much the color run – pre race review summed up!

UPDATES!!

I’m still working on my Rugged Maniac Post Race Review…and we got back our professional photos!! They are pretty awesome!! Hopefully, I’ll be able to include some in my review!

This weekend is filled with the Color Run and on monday, I am also doing the Bolder Boulder, pre race review coming up next!

Running for the Shirt

Have you have heard the phrase, “running for the shirt”? A lot of people say it. It makes me wonder why a lot of people run races.  I think about it the most when I run Race for The Cure in Denver. I’ve been running that race for years, and now it seems to be everyone is just to say they did……Of course, that’s great that their raising money to fight breast cancer (minus all that Komen foundation controversy…that’s a whole different subject that I’ll probably write about some other day). But, if you run one race a year, can you call yourself a “runner?” Or is doing “the Race for the Cure” just a social event and a ploy to make yourself seem more “cool?”

So, I asked myself: Why do I even run races?  I could be a “runner” without ever running in a organized race. I could run everyday…half marathon distances or even the full 26.2…and never run in a race. So why do I run these races? Why did I decide to run a race in every state?

Homer, The Simpson, Racing, Running

Homer Doesn't Look like he likes running

Here’s what I came up with:

1. Most of the ones I do, the money usually goes to a good cause.  I really do try to find races that go to a good cause because I’m not that fast of a runner, and I’m not necessarily trying to win; so why not spend money that is going to help something or someone one out?!

2. Something fun to do with friends or family.  I’ve been running the Race for the Cure with my mom since I was probably in middle school. We originally started to run it in memory of a family friend that was diagnosed with breast cancer. As the years went on, we also started to run in celebration of my Grandma and other family friends.

3. The shirt! Well, seriously, it is fun to have all my race shirts. My favorite is my Tough Mudder shirt because not many girls have done that one; I like to wear that shirt to the gym…It makes me feel badass. ; ) Plus, in the future, I might cut them up and make a quilt of my race shirts.

4. Bragging rights! ‘Nough said.

5. Cool metals. I’ve only ran in one race so far that had medals. The Horsetooth half had a medal that featured the outline of the extremely hilly altitude changes.

6. Accomplishments. I guess like bragging rights, but more on a personal level. I don’t have to share with the world to feel accomplished.

7. Easy to see goals. Its nice to be able to set a date, The Horsetooth half is on April 22nd, and it gives you something to look forward to and motivation to keep running.

8. Along with setting goals, training for the races helps me stay fit in general – And I like the way I look! lol

9. And lastly, I run/race so that when the Zombie Apocalypse does happen, I’ll be able to out run everyone and the zombies to survive!!

These are some of the reason I, personally, run. What are some reasons you guys run/race??

***Side note: I signed up for my race in New Mexico. I will be doing the Run for the Zoo on May 5th. If you live in the Albuquerque area, let me know! Maybe we can run together or meet up.  I also Registered for another Colorado Race: The Color Run on May 26th. This one looks really fun!***