On Sunday I ran the Color Run in D.C. with my daughter and one of my friends. It was advertised as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”, and it definitely was that! It ended up being a great 5K to do with my daughter, it was very family friendly and not at all competitive…in fact it wasn’t even timed. It was a bit of a hassle driving down to Alexandria (45 minutes from my house) the day before the race for the packet pick-up. The race swag was pretty sweet though, and it was hard to still be irritated about the long drive once I was handed our colorful bags, t-shirts, race headbands, and temporary tattoos. I’m pretty sure it’s against the rules to frown when you have a temp tattoo that says “HAPPY” in all bold letters! 😉
We made it to the National Harbor for the race with plenty of time to spare since there were waves starting every 5 minutes between 9:00-9:45. We were able to park at a nearby parking garage (Bonus: Parking was FREE!!) and wandered down to the starting area. We were distracted by the techno music and photo areas, and spent some time dancing around and hamming it up for the cameras. Finally we made our way to the starting line. I was happy to see a lot of families and young kids ready to get their “color run on”!
The course was nice, with most of it on trails bordering the harbor. It would have been absolutely impossible to really run this race, even if you wanted to, because there were so many walkers, some pushing strollers. That was what I was expecting going into the race, and was just there to have a good time, so this didn’t bother me. Every 1/2 mile or so they had different color areas where the race staff threw colored corn starch all over you. The first two color areas, purple and pink, the race staff did not seem very into it and they kind of lamely squirted each race participant once with what looked like plastic condiment bottles. Ilana sounded disappointed and told me, “This isn’t what I thought it was going to be, this isn’t fun.” I was really worried at this point that this race was going to be a bust. Then after the first water station, yellow did it right!! They were going nuts, running around in a giant yellow cloud cheering and throwing corn starch everywhere. We also caught up to a large group of 20-somethings, one carrying a backpack with techno music blasting out of it, cheering enthusiastically for all the other runners. At this point, Ilana started to have a blast. And the rest of the color stations did an awesome job!
Before we knew it, we had ran/walked 3.1 miles and were at the finish line. Ilana’s mouth dropped when she saw the finish line party. There was a large crowd surrounding a stage, with a D.J. spinning more techno music dancing, bouncing large balloons from person to person, and throwing colored powder all over each other. We each got our finisher goody, a small bag of green dyed corn starch. We made sure that every inch of us that wasn’t all ready covered with bright colors….was covered! We laughed, grabbed a couple free bottles of water and kind bars and hung out for a while. We also rode the Ferris wheel since they were offering discounts to race participants, and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon exploring the harbor.
Overall….the Color Run was a fun, family friendly event….but definitely not a race. If you’re one of those competitive running types or someone who can’t stand having to walk/zig-zag through crowds of people, this is probably not the race for you. If you’re looking for a fun/active day with the family, this race is perfect for that! This is definitely not a race is not one I would have done on my own, but I enjoyed doing it with Ilana. Plus, we got lots of great pictures!
So now to totally jump topics, I have been running consistently over the last couple of weeks but have been totally slacking on posting my weekly run down. Here are my miles for the last couple of weeks:
- Tuesday-Run 6.3
- Thursday- Run 6
- Friday-Run 6
- Saturday-Run 6
Total Weekly Miles: 24.3
- Monday-Run 6 +Strength Training
- Wednesday- Run 6 + Strength Training
- Thursday-Run 2.2 and 30 minutes swimming (At YMCA with Lana)
- Friday-Run 6.5 (Centennial Park)
- Saturday-Run 10 miles (B&A Trail)
- Sunday-Run/walk 3.1
Total Weekly Miles: 33.8
Total 2014 Miles to Date: 1024.55
Do you ever do races with your kids? Do you like running “fun” races or do you prefer more serious races?