Color Run: #Happiest5k

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on June 2, 2014

in Races

This weekend was AWESOME! We packed so much into it that I honestly feel like I need an extra day just to relax (Petition to have 3 day weekends, who’s with me?).

This weekend I ran the #Happiest5k aka The Color Run and it was a blast!

The Gear

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You get so much swag with this race. I’ve never seen so much. It starts with a sweet bag and a race number.

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Inside that bag is all of this:

  • T-shirt
  • Bracelet
  • Headband
  • 2 Tattoos

Of course I put everything on (minus the shirt) for the run! It took Rachel and I a good 5 minutes to remember how to put on the tats but we rocked ‘em.

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As you can see, I prepared myself for the race with the white shirt, socks and shorts and the patriotic sunglasses. We were ready!

Before the Race

The whole time we were there it felt like one big party! To get warmed up they had zumba on a big stage. Rachel and I participated. We will stick with running over zumba though, we look a little less ridiculous that way.

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Before we knew it people were lining up to start the heats. I’m happy we pushed our way to the front of the line and went in the 3rd heat. If we would’ve had to wait any longer I would’ve just started running. When we finished the run people were stilllllll in line to start. 

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The Race

When you start the race the first color station is right around the corner. I didn’t really know what to expect when I signed up for the race but I didn’t think that there would be people literally standing on the side of the road throwing colored powder on you. I thought it would be more efficient and come from like a machine. If you wanted any color at all you had to run along the sides of the road and not the middle.

The course was extremely hilly. Every bit of it was up a hill, down a hill, color station and then repeat for 5k’s. It went fast though.

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We were pretty excited when we finished! When you cross the finish line they handed you a packet of color powder for the after party. We headed over there and then saw people in full color from head to toe. We decided the back would be the best spot for us. We threw our powder and then got out of there.

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Here is the before/after picture. It might not look like it in the after picture but we had a good amount of color on us.

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There were a bunch of food trucks there so of course we had to treat ourselves. After I saw that Smoothie King was there I knew that was where I was going! I got the smoothie with blueberries and vanilla protein powder. It was the perfect treat after the run and also my first smoothie from Smoothie King! I’d go back, again and again!

Before we headed back to the car we stopped at the Shout booth. People were there using leaf blowers to get all of the extra powder off. That was a different feeling. It didn’t do a lot but you could see some of the powder flying away from you.

After the Race

When I got home from the race, I immediately jumped in the shower. I realized the only color that went through my shirt and onto my body was the blue. It was also the hardest to get off. The rest of the colors just came off with a towel before the shower, but not the blue. It did come off with a loofah, soap and a lot of scrubbing. The blue was literally every where there, up my nose, in my ears, etc.

I used nail polish remover to get the tattoos off. That wasn’t hard.

I put my clothing straight in the washer. The yellow and blue stayed on the shirt and part of the socks but everything came off of my shorts. It’s not like it mattered though because I doubt I’d wear that clothing again.

The Takeaways

If you plan on doing this run here are my 15 tips:

  1. Run on the outside.
  2. The blue is the hardest to get off.
  3. Wear clothing you never plan on wearing again.
  4. Bring extra money for food/Color Run clothing.
  5. Bring a towel to wipe off your body and a towel to put on your car seat.
  6. Bring extra clothing/flip flops to change into.
  7. Bring a trash bag to put your colorful clothing in.
  8. If you want to take your cell phone, I saw people put them in Ziploc bags for the run.
  9. There are a lot of walkers, so don’t get annoyed if you plan on running it.
  10. Get there early because A LOT of people run this race.
  11. Push yourself up to the front to get in one of the first heats or you will be there for awhile.
  12. Do zumba and let loose.
  13. Go to the after party if you want to be EXTREMELY colorful.
  14. Close your mouth when you run through the powdered color or it will get on your teeth.
  15. Have FUN!

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Will I Run it Again?

Absolutely, when this race comes back to Hershey, PA next year I will be signing up for it again!

Now it’s your turn

Did you ever do The Color Run? If so, is there a takeaway that you would add? Would you do The Color Run?

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