Color Run

This past Saturday, three of my college buddies and I got up reeeeeally early to participate in a Color Run.  This was a first time experience for all of us, so we had no idea what to expect.  Aside from having to get up early on a Saturday and it being a little chilly, it was AWESOME!  We had such a good time and I really hope we get to do it again next year!

For those of you that don't know, a Color Run is a 5K that has color stations along the way.  Participants are encouraged to wear white and as you reach each color station, you get powdered color (similar to flour, maybe?) thrown all over you.  This is definitely a relaxed 5K...there are no timing chips or even an official clock.  It starts in waves and I'd say 90% of the participants walk the course.  It was perfect for us because we were able to walk and chat...we had lots of catching up to do!

Here we are at the starting line in our bright white t-shirts.  From left to right in the picture on the left below is Darbie, Emily, me and Casey.


The first color we came to was yellow.  Each station had color throwers on each side and for this one, we split up and went down opposite sides.  Casey and Darbie didn't end up getting as much yellow as Emily and I did! 


The next station we came to was orange and let me tell you, those color throwers were aggressive!  I got pelted in the face by a big ball of orange flour.  If you look close enough, you can see that it's even all over my teeth!  Three days later and I'm still cleaning orange out of my right ear.


Oh, I carried my phone in a ziploc bag and used it to take these pictures.  My bag got colorful too, so my pictures got fuzzier and fuzzier along the way. 


Next up was pink! 


The final color station on the course was blue, and I took the picture below so you could see the color cloud we had to walk into. 


At the end of the "race," we joined the huge crowd by the stage where they had a band playing and an MC on the microphone.  Each participant had been given a bag of colored powder before the race and on the MC's cue, we tore open our bags and shook out our colors.  Talk about a gigantic cloud of colorful dust!

Here's the aftermath.


For comparison's sake, here are side-by-side group selfies of us before and after the walk. 


It really was SO much fun!  If you ever get the chance to do one, you definitely should! 

After the race, we met up with more of our college friends for a delicious brunch at Grawemeyer's.  The pecan & apple stuffed pancakes were so good and warmed me right up; I just felt really bad for my friends that had to sit across from me in my very orange, Oompa Loompa state!  Oh, the things we do for fun...