This weekend, Jacob and I participated in the Color Me Rad 5k run at the fairgrounds in OKC. It was on the front page of the Oklahoman, in case you haven’t seen or heard about it yet. We signed up back in March, but there was an explosion of people signing up just in the weeks before the run–I waited in line the day before the run at Red Coyote for 30 minutes just to pick up my packet. In fact, I think there were about 8,000 participants or more on the day of the run. Don’t quote me on that number, but it was A LOT of people. In fact, just getting through the traffic to get to the fairgrounds was nuts.
The good part was that the run benefited researchers for cystic fibrosis, so all the money went to a good cause. There were a few people pooh-poohing the run on Twitter, but I just think they were jealous that they weren’t covered in dye and running around OKC looking awesome. Plus, the Color Me Rad folk provided these cool sunglasses with the registration in varying colors, and it’s kinda fun to see people wearing them around town. It’s like a weird rainbow club.
So what is the Color Me Rad run? There are some similar events around the nation, but Color Me Rad’s MO is an un-timed 5k race with color bombing stations within the course. Each participant starts out wearing a white t-shirt and maybe white shorts, and as everyone ran through the course, they were pelted by either dry or wet colored dye. Just in case you were wondering, the dye is made of cornstarch with non-toxic dye inside of it. Mixed with water, it’s a bit more staining, but when it’s dry, it looks cool when you toss it in the air. Here’s a shot of us before, looking clean:
There were 5 stations inside the course where we were pelted with dye, blue, green, yellow, purple, and finally pink at the finish line. Once each participant finished the run, he or she was handed a color packet with which to pelt the persons nearest. On the whole, it was really fun, and it looked really cool.
Here’s a shot of us after we’d just been pelted by blue dye:
The only drawback to the actual race was that it was extremely warm outside. The run started at about 9 a.m., but there were so many people and such a small course that they sent everyone out in waves. So only about 100ish people went out every 10-15 minutes. We were in the second wave, so we went out at about 9:10-9:15. I didn’t think it’d be as hot as it was by that morning, but it was WARM. There was only one water station, since it was such a short course, but the water they were passing out was borderline hot. Grossed me out. People ran, walked, jogged, and generally cajoled along the course, so there was a lot of ducking and weaving going on to avoid people. The color bombers at each station were all on the sides of the course, and they worked hard to cover EVERYONE in dye. Even themselves. In fact, I think they were more covered in dye than any of the runners. What a job.
At the end of the run, when we got to the finish line, Jacob was ahead of me, and he was handed a pink packet for throwing. But when I got to the finish line, I was handed a packet and then promptly got smashed in the mouth and eyes with pink dye from one of the color bombers. Which was fine, that was their job, but man it didn’t really taste good when I was out of breath and really thirsty. I was also wearing my contacts, so I couldn’t really see once I got past the finish line. Jacob found me though and immediately dumped his pink packet on my shoulders. So I reciprocated by coating his head with pink dye. His scalp is STILL hot pink, and it’s almost been two days. Hehehe.
Jacob’s mom, Judy, came out to take a few pictures for us before and after, and she also brought along cold water, which we were really grateful for at the end. Here’s how we came out:
Some before/after pics:
In short, I’d recommend doing a color run. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Color Me Rad–there are other varieties out there–but you should do it. If nothing else, you’ll get a cool tie-dyed shirt out of it.