Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Color Run: The Happiest 5K on the Planet

It felt like my best friend, Sairy, and I were waiting over a year for The Color Run to make it's way to the Queen City. We are both suckers for 5K's  and when we discovered The Happiest 5K on the Planet, there was no going back. We were in love with the concept and couldn't wait to sign up!

If you're wondering what The Color Run is all about, you simply wear a white t-shirt and at each kilometer, you have volunteers that splash you in specific colors. By the end of the race,  you have your own custom tie-dye Color Run T-shirt! The run is mainly towards the experience and not speed. I would say 90% of participants walked. Sairy and I were able to weave in and out as we decided to jog through the course as we listened to the roaring sound of NASCAR practice at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

When they label The Color Run as "The Happiest 5K on the Planet", they aren't kidding. There wasn't a single runner (or walker) out there who wasn't in the best of moods. It was impossible to walk around without a smile on your face. Jeremy was nice enough to come along (in the wind and cold) and snap pictures of Sairy and I at the race. I must say, he has become quite the photographer!

The Color Run had DJ's at the beginning and end of the race along with amazing color- throwing volunteers that kept you pumped up and full of energy...even in the freezing cold. As we were running, my favorite Color Kilometer to run through was YELLOW. The volunteers there were covered from head to toe and doing their job well while dousing us in color. As we finished, we headed over to the Color Festival where all participants pile together and do one giant Color Throw that paints the sky. Make sure to watch the video at the end of the blog so you can witness the awesomeness!

We danced and jumped without a care in the world (we have a video to prove it). We weren't even aware of the purple teeth and face we were sporting until it was time to leave. Jeremy could only laugh and take pictures to show us the outcome.


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