Color Me Rad: The Most Colorful 5K In The World

There are few times in life when we get the chance to go against everything we’ve ever learned. Sunday, July 9th, Scott and I got that chance. I’ve never been one to completely and willingly destroy my clothes, shoes and possibly hair. Color Me Rad 5K is what they call it. There are others similar, on called The Color Run. But Color Me Rad is pinned “the most colorful 5K in the world” and it’s pretty awesome. The idea is you run a 5K (wearing all white) with no real attention paid to just how fast or slow you’re going. Every so often you come upon a color station and the Bomb Squad throws color at you. By the end of the race you’re covered in color. It’s like human tie dye or community art. Either was a blast and it was all for a good cause. In this case it was for Special Olympics. And the crowd proved to be generous. They hoped to raise $15,000 and according to Facebook, they went through 3,000 pounds of color.


At the end we were covered in all kinds of color.  The picture give a little perspective.  You’ll notice Scott has a GoPro on his head. Well, as you can imagine, we don’t go long without documenting the adventures we have, so there was a video from our day:

If you’re wondering how it all came out, because let’s face it, it kind of looks like we’ve been dyed with permanent ink, their website says its: “non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, Kroger branded, colored corn-starch. Subsidized by the government and processed in the good ol’ US of A, these blasts of starch will change your color, and your demeanor, but never your level of wellness.”

It came out of everything. Though our white shirts are less white than before. And we haven’t quite figured out how to get it out of the shoes, we decided to run in old shoes anyway.

All in all, it was the most fun 5K we’ve ever ran. It didn’t feel long and even though I think it took longer to run because we stopped to get color, it didn’t feel long. The best part was the end, not because we were finished but because everyone gathered together and threw color packets into the air to make one giant COLOR BOMB.

So whether you’re a runner, a clean person, or looking for an adventure, I recommend you check out Color Me Rad or Color Run nearest you. I’m all about adventure and I’m all about letting loose every once and awhile. And I can’t explain entirely how amazing it is to run through a race and come out a piece of art. It left both Scott and I feeling happy…and we had a blast in too.

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