A friend approached me about wanting to get a team together to do a Color Run. I've seen a lot of friend's pictures on Facebook and heard them rant and rave about how awesome these things are. But none of these friends are really "runners"... most of them jog/walked this and did it only for fun, and it was the only race they ever did. I think I remember seeing Color Runs knocked a few times on the BF by you "real" running folks. Just wondering what your experiences with Color Runs have been like? Fun, or total pain in the ass? If I did it, is it something I could treat seriously as a race, or just go have a fun day with friends getting colored powder chucked at me? I'm assuming the latter. Just curious about what you guys thought.
5K (6 total) PR: 28:16 (5/5/13) 10K (2 total) PR: 1:05:02 (5/19/13) 4M (2 total) PR:44:46 (4/7/13) [yet to "race" one of these all-out] HM TBD 10/12/13
Capitol Hill Classic 10K 5/19/13
Baltimore 10 Miler 6/15/13
NY Giants Run of Champions 5K 6/23/13
Goal Race of 2013:
Baltimore Half Marathon 10/12/13
2 mile (12:45 '08) 4K (16:14 '07) 5K (23:20 '12)10K ( 50:28 '12) HM ( 1:48:43 '12)
I'm doing the Mardi Gras one in New Orleans in February. I'm not treating it as a race, I want to have fun. We're mainly doing it as a family event, my partner is going to be walking it with our girls in a double stroller (with a rain cover of course!)
PR- A Run Through History 5K - May 5th 33:24
Next: Camellia Crossing 5K- November 27th.
My DD participated in one and she does not run and did it for fun. Most people do it for fun. Like the comments above, I would approach the event as just a good time not a serious race.
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Mile 5:49 - 5K 20:08 - 10K 43:06 - HM 1:36:54
I did one last year. They aren't timed, and you won't be able to run the whole thing. You WILL have to stop and walk through the color stations. And I got a wicked migraine after mine, which I thought was related to the powder. It turns out that it may not have been the cause (for me), but I've heard other people say they got headaches afterwards.
Do you even run?
I'm all in favor of anything that gets people out of the house and moving. I have no desire to do one of these novelty runs myself though. If that's your thing though, I give you a virtual high five.
The Color Me Rad run that I did with the family last year was definitely not a race. There was no clock, and even though the course was advertised as a 5K I only got 2.5 miles on my GPS. Some people were running, many were walking.
We had a lot of fun -- my girls doubled back to get re-coated with color a few times. We had the added bonus of seeing DH (who's usually very reserved) look and act silly. The "after" picture from that run is our Christmas card insert this year.
If you want to have fun with your friends, do it. But don't plan on counting it as a race.
3/23 -- YMCA 5K 28:48 (PR)
4/28 -- Allentown Half Marathon 2:26 (automatic PR)
6/1 -- Runapalooze 5K, Syracuse NY
Thanks guys! You confirmed what I was kind of assuming. I wanted to do at least one spring 5K, so if I do it I will treat it as a fun day and find an additional 5K to do. Thanks..
Pass on mud (unless it's trail), Obstacle, Color, Rave, Night, etc, etc. for me.
I tried a fun cool gimmick run as my 3rd run in the summer, worst experience ever.
Started-5/12, RWOL refugee,5k-24:23 (1/12/13),10K-55:37(9/15/12),HM-1:52:59(3/24/13)
BQ in 2013
I don't like all these gimmick races like mudders, zombies, and now this color run. I guess i just like to just run a race.
PR's - 5K - 20:15 (2013) | 10K - 45:14 (2011) | 13.1 - 1:34:40 (2013) | 26.2 - 3:47:47 (2012)
2013 Goals - 3000 miles (940m May'13) | sub20 5k | sub 43 10K | sub1:35 13.1 | sub 3:15 26.2
Saginaw 5k - 1/19/13 - 20:15 PR
Chambersburg Half Marathon - 3/9/13 - 1:36:22 PR
Frederick Half Marathon - 5/5/13 - 1:34:40 PR
Chambersburg YMCA 5k - 6/1/13
Philadelphia Marathon - 11/17/13
Meh, come by my house and I'll dump left over paint on you for half the price.
Wine; it goes with everything.
There is one here in Miami but with the asthma and the comments that the pain is all in powder form, I'll pass.
I know people that have done them and love them. But they are more fun runs than races.
DamarisMarathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
PRs: 24:57 (5K); 51:25 (10K); 42:46 (5 Miles); 2:04:31 (HM); 4:34:09 (Marathon); 8:00 (Trail 50K)
Damaris Runs with Asthma
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I don't get it. Pay to get covered with a bunch of crap?
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I haven't looked, though I doubt it would be published anywhere, but I'd be very interested to see the rates of eye injuries and respiratory complaints from participants in these "events".
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