I’ve been looking forward to a fun run for awhile now. Especially after last weekend’s failed attempt. Jaime, Samantha and I signed up for The Color Run Indianapolis a few months back and this weekend was the big day for our 5k!
Samantha and Mike arrived late Friday night while I was “watching” the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Their late arrival led to a late bedtime for all parties involved. Especially painful since our alarms were set for 530a. After a short amount of shut-eye, we awoke the next morning, donning our white shirts, old shoes and tall socks in preparation for color blocking. We picked up Jaime halfway and arrived in downtown Indianapolis just after 7a.
Pulling into White River State Park was quite exciting (besides the parking fiasco that unfolded before our eyes). People of ALL ages rocking their white gear with their own personal flair. Old and young. Strollers and canes. Tutus and full on body suits. There was lots of excitement and people watching from the get-go.
The race started at 8a and, from what we were told, there were supposed to be waves. What we weren’t told was how these waves were going to be organized, so instead we stood around waiting while slowly moving towards to the front. Not my cup of tea but standard for a large race. Eventually we made our way forward and started to run. Or jog slowly, as the congestion prohibited any sort of speed. Luckily it was a gorgeous day and we were just grateful to soak up the sunshine.
The concept of The Color Run is simple: run & get colorful. There were 5 color stations set up throughout the course of the race (1 spray for each k(m)). With all the hype we had seen beforehand through pics and videos, we were excited to get graffitied. I mean, it is the self-proclaimed “Happiest 5k on the Planet.” No pressure!
Shortly after starting, we came upon station 1, orange. There we were met with a handful of volunteers standing in the middle and sides of the street manned with large ketchup bottles full of a powder/cornstarch concoction. As people ran by, they were sprayed. As we rolled on through, we were given a dusting of color and forced ahead as to not get trampled by the masses. Though we couldn’t truly see what we looked like, we were somewhat disappointed with the initial lack of color on our white canvases. Not to mention we somehow happened to lose Sam in the mix. Thank goodness for the pink socks!
The remainder of the stations were unfortunately as lackluster as the first. It seemed as though the only way to get sufficiently colored was to roll around in the leftover powder that fell on the ground. Not happening for the 3 of us. The best part of the race was watching the littles run around with their families. Their smiling faces made up for any disappointment in our experience. PS, a 5k for a 5 year old ~ not easy!
We decided to walk the majority of the miles, taking in the beautiful day downtown. Though rain clouds threatened, we never once felt a drop.
We made it to the finish line where there was just as much congestion as the start. An announcer instructed everyone to grab their individual color packets that were handed out at packet pickup (BTW, couldn’t they have handed these out at the end?!). At the count of three, we all opened the bags and threw the contents in the air, dousing us with the color we so desperately wanted the whole time.
After our post-race color pic, we went in search for the high-powered fans that were supposed to help clean off some of our mess. What we found instead were a few men with leaf blowers. Once we saw a small child about take flight from the force of the fan, we decided to skip on ahead and clean up at the jeep. The remainder of the morning was spent brunching, shopping and getting our nails done, all while the excess dye absorbed itself deeper and deeper into the epidermis 😉
It saddens me to say that overall we were fairly disappointed with the event. I think we just expected SO much more and the benefits didn’t outweigh the costs. Having said that, any opportunity to hang with some of my best girls is time well spent. Add wonderful weather, laughter and storytelling, and you’ve got a winning combination. Luckily there will be other runs!