The super-hyped up Color Me Rad 5K run that has been crisscrossing the country, finally made its way to Raleigh this past weekend. And boy was it worth the wait. I dare say this 5K may have even been more fun than the famous Raleigh Krispy Kreme Challenge.
Color Me Rad involves running 3.1miles while overly enthusiastic volunteers splatter you with paint. Well, not real paint. That would be a little too messy. Instead its coloured cornstarch. And once it reaches your shiny white tee, it makes a psychedelic tie dye pattern. Sounds fun right?
Yup we used a My Little Pony reference. Why not, we’re all moms.
The Race was awesome. And if it comes to a city anywhere near you, you must do it.
And now I can’t wait till next years race! It was that much fun.
So now that I’m a veteran Color Me Rad runner I may have to step up my game for next years run.
And here are some cool ideas:
Color Me Rad Art Work
During the run I saw a woman running with a blank white canvas in her hands. I know weird, but then I realized what she was doing. She was creating a Color Me Rad masterpiece while she ran. Brilliant.
Sherry from Young House Love did something similar. She brought a canvas to the finish line and used all the powder on the ground to paint her piece. Man those two can make anything look beautiful!
Check out how cool it looks hung on the wall!
Another cool option is to frame your newly dyed t-shirt. Color Me Rad recommends spraying your shirt with vinegar and then ironing it to keep the color in it. From my experience you need to do this immediately. The color quickly turns to a big blob of brown. Not the look you want to remember from your super awesome day.
I think this would be a great idea for all those kids who run the race. Hung in a kid’s bedroom, it could be a fun way for them to show off their race day bib and shirt to all their friends.
Color Me Kind
So this amazing idea comes from Patience over at Kindness Girl (so you already know it’s going to be a fabulous, right?). We’ll she left these adorable hand written notes on random cars in the parking lot, asking them to pass on some rad, kind, fun!
Leave a FAT tip for a dishwasher at your favorite restaurant. Don’t forget a note of thanks!
Pay for a friend’s next race registration, then tell them to pass it on.
Corral some grocery carts at the store parking lot, then leave a note at the desk for the worker thanking them for all they do. You can also leave a small gift card.
Ding Dong Ditch a bouquet of flowers to your bestie with a kind note, then tell them to pass it on.
What a fun way to end an already amazing day.
Kids & Color Me Rad
This is a great race for kids to run in, and this is why…
- totally low-key race, non chipped time race.
- Multiple start times. First runners leave at 9am and then every 10 minutes after that (until 10:10am). You’re not rushed in the morning getting the kids to the race site. If you’re late, no worries, just run in the next heat.
- There are lots of stops along the route. Stop at each colour bomb station and give the kids a break from all that running.
- Since the race is so messy it’s not on a road. No need to worry about traffic (or finishing the race within a strict time period). The Raleigh race looped around fields and empty parking lots at an amphitheater. This also means that if the race is getting to be too much for the kids you can easily take a shortcut and cut off part of the course. Or head straight to your car since you’re never that far from the start line.
The youngest I would recommend for this race would be 5.
But don’t worry your kids at home can still participate! Just before the finish line volunteers will have boxes and boxes of color bombs (small bags of the colored cornstarch). The organizers want you to use these for one last explosion at the finish line, and also for a huge group shot at the end. But I grabbed a bunch and brought them home.
Once Hurricane Sandy passes I’ll send the kids outside with some clean white shirts and let them throw the color bombs on each other. I have a feeling they’ll love it.
So what do you think? Are you in for next year?