color me rad race startI’ve wanted to do a Color Run for a few years now, but every time I would try to register for a local race, they were always sold out. So imagine my excitement to find out that there was a Color Me Rad 5k Run in Atlanta the same weekend we would be there! And the best part was that this race wasn’t sold out!

I made a mad dash to their website and after reading this, I was even more excited for this race:

When Zoloft and balloon animals can’t seem to raise your spirits, the best way to brighten your life is to run Color Me Rad 5K.

Historically, running has only been acceptable when trying to escape the law, personal responsibility, the truth, and grizzly bears.

Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad. Run for the Hell of it. 
Color Me Rad is coming to a town near you with a tsunami of color that’ll make colored tears of joy run down your cheeks and will renew your will to live. (via http://www.colormerad.com/about.html)

I mean, how could you not be excited for a race like that?

color me rad sunglassesWe arrived at our packet pickup where we got our race bib’s, an awesome pair of neon colored sunglasses, a “RAD” temporary tattoo, and a totally rad race t-shirt. Seriously. This was the coolest race t-shirt I’ve ever gotten. It’s one that I’m actually going to wear again. And don’t even get me started on the sunglasses. I mean, who doesn’t love a neon pair of sunglasses!

The next day, we arrived at the race wearing our crisp white t-shirts and our neon sunglasses. The 1st wave started at 8:00 and there were subsequent waves every 15 minutes after that till 9:00. Our wave was at 8:45, but since we got there bright and early, we just joined the 8:15 wave. This race is very laid back and relaxed.

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The interesting thing about this race was that it was not competitive. Yes, everyone competed to see who could get covered in the most color, but there were no timing chips, or race clocks or heart rate monitors or Garmins. In fact, only about 80% of the racers actually ran. This made me feel like I was a fast runner for once since I was passing a lot of people instead of being passed, which is what usually happens in races because I’m a slow runner.

rugged race cource

The course was very rugged and there were a few big hills that we had to make it up before we got bombed with color at each of the 4 color stations. I loved this course as it wove through the woods and was one of the most challenging, and beautiful, 5k’s I’ve ever run.

After we crossed the finish line, we were handed a “color bomb” aka a bag of colored corn starch. The post race part was just as fun as the actual race and we had lots of fun “bombing” each other with color.

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One of the cool things about this race is that it was very welcoming and unintimidating.

People of all ages and fitness levels participated, and had fun. It didn’t matter if you walked or ran. The only thing that mattered is that you got covered from head to toe in color and that you had fun.

I think it’s safe to say that we accomplished both of those goals.

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One of the coolest things about this race is that it was very welcoming and unintimidating. People of all ages and fitness levels not only participated, but they had fun. So if you’re looking for a fun race to do this summer, whether it’s your first 5k or 50th, the Color Me Rad 5k is the race for you!

color me rad race finish