Colorful RunningThe Color Run bills itself as the "Happiest 5K on the Planet". It was definitely set up to be all about having some fun and trying things out you might not otherwise do (like a 5K for some). The pre-run area was definitely set up as so. There music, bubbles, colorful backdrops for pictures and even Zumba to help you get warmed up. I was running the race with my sister for her birthday and with two others from back home. The group aspect made it fun. With an even larger group, I could see how it would be even more fun.
|A little before and after coloring.|
The course itself was, how do you say, "less than ideal". It was just outside Hershey Park, which was convenient for their parking. However, the course was all just up and down grassy hills. Some were a little steeper than others. For this reason, coupled with the people in the group, we ended up walking most of it, only jogging a couple times. I'd say at least 75% of the people were walking the majority, though they left a path to the left for runners. If you add in some people with bad knees on a grassy downhill slope getting stomped down by 10,000 people, you'll end up going a little slower. Even though we did walk, it didn't really feel slow or dragging.
The color portions were mostly fun. The colors were corn starch and coloring, so when you came out the other end, it would smell a lot like Fritos. Some people were better at distributing the color than others. Usually it was pretty good. We looked forward to it in the group for what would be next. A splash of pink here, so blue over there and a dash of yellow on top.
Unofficial time: ~1:01:00
Post Race PartyThe post race party is one of the things that sells this race on people. It's basically a big dance party, with colors flying, music blasting and people dancing. I stayed to the outside and enjoyed the music while my sister jumped into the fray. In addition, they had picture opportunities, food trucks and various sample. My favorite included free KIND bars. I just love them and they were perfect for post race.
Race ReviewAt the end of the day, I did have a good time. I attribute a lot of that to the company. Looking back, I wasn't overly impressed with the race as a whole. The swag was ok. You got a shirt with a nice design of soft cotton, a wrist band, some stickers and tattoos and an over the shoulder Color Run bag that everything came in. The bag was fairly useful seeming, but I used it for the second time to throw an extra shirt and shoes in for after a recent race and it ripped, so short lived. The lack of any corral instead with one large chute made for a long start. The start area did have more than enough bathrooms and hand washing stations, which was a nice touch. The course was rough: the up and down and the packed grass that I can only imagine would get worse as the day went on. This really took away from the overall grade, and the biggest part that could be easily improved. The party at the end was good, but not really my style.
Race grade: C+
|A colorful ending...|
Final Take AwayDid I have a fun time doing it?
Would I do it again?
Maybe, a stretch but depending on the group to do it with.
Is it my "cup of tea"?