The Color Run 5K Race Recap

A few months ago, Megan (who I met through blogging, but Megan rarely blogs) posted a link to The Color Run on my Facebook wall.  I was pretty sure that she was giving me a strong suggestion that she wanted me to sign up.  Megan lives in the Santa Barbara area, which meant that she would have to make the trek down here to Orange County to do the race with me.  I signed up for the race that day, and pretty much forgot about it until a week or so before the race.

I realized that I had overbooked my weekend of The Color Run, and that I would be doing the race with only a little bit of sleep.  I was busy the Friday and Saturday before the race with The Ragnar Relay SoCal.  I was helping my friends, Team Sparkle, by doing photography and social media for them.  So on my way home from Ragnar, I had to stop by Target to get myself a white tank top for The Color Run.  Luckily, we have a Target near us that is open till 11pm.

Megan got to my house at 7am, and we got organized and left for the race.  I grabbed some towels, baby wipes, and a trash bag.  I’ve done two mud runs and I remember how dirty I was after the runs.  I brought the towels to sit on in my car, the baby wipes to clean off with, and the trash bag to throw some of our paint covered clothes in.
The Color Run-Irvine, CA

After parking our car, and wandering a bit, we headed to the starting line. It was very “white”, as we were advised to wear white shirts.

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The Color Run-Irvine, CA

Megan and I took a self-portrait pre-race.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA

And I had to take a portrait of our Team Sparkle Skirts with our knee highs from Target.

After taking these pictures, I placed my iPhone inside a plastic bag.  I did not want it to get damaged with the “color” during the race.  Right before taking off, we ran into Danica and Shea.  We all pushed up to the front of the group, so we were able to be in the first wave of people. That was a huge deal, because we didn’t have to wait forever to start the race.  We had some laughs before the race as we deemed it “The Hipster Race”.  I said, all we need is fedoras and fake mustaches.  Danica then pointed to a group of people wearing fedoras.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA

Photo via Danica

Danica was really good at taking pictures as we ran through each other station.  I took some pictures but they were super blurry.  We had another runner take this group picture of Megan, me, Danica, and Shea after we had gone through three color stations (yellow, green, and purple).  After the first station, yellow, we learned how to get proper coverage of colorEach station we alternated, left-right-left-right.  Then we going through the station, we would do a 360-turn to get color everywhere.  Otherwise you would only get color on one side. And everyone else in our group was smart to wear sunglasses.  I was a total fail and forgot mine at home.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA

Since, we were in the first wave of runners, there wasn’t a ton of people done yet.  I took a photo of the finish line and everyone post-race.  This was born the “Color Drop” when you got pretty much submerged in color.

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And I took this photo after the “Color Drop”. When you pick-up your race packet, you get a packet of color to bring to the race with you. Megan and I both got green packets. I placed it inside my SPIbelt during the race.  They were doing announcements every fifteen minutes or so with count down.  When they said it was time, everyone opened their packets and let the color go in the air.  You are probably wondering what the color actually is?  The color is food grade cornstarch per The Color Run’s website.

I also took a video of a Color Drop with my iPhone (it is a bit pixelated):

And some after photos of Megan and I.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA

Me Post-Race
The Color Run-Irvine, CA

Megan Post-Race

The Color Run-Irvine, CA

Megan and I together.
Photo via Danica.

It was like they knew I would be here. A huge Slurpee truck @thecolorrun today! #thecolorrun
After the race and color drop, I may have spotted a very large Slurpee truck. I heart Slurpees so I made Megan wait in line. The Slurpees were tiny, but also tasty.

Megan and I post @thecolorrun!!! We are vivid!! #thecolorrun #teamsparkle cc: @wmgg

A portrait of Megan and I while waiting for Slurpees.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA

I took this hilarious of photo of Shea and Danica with their iPhones.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA
Danica sent me this super cute picture of me and her.
Photo via Danica.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA
My Team Sparkle Skirt, Knee High Socks, and Shoes post-run, along with Megan’s.

The Color Run-Irvine, CA
And you are probably wondering if we got clean? Megan and I both got “blown off” by this guy. It really got rid of a ton of powder that was just sitting on us. After we got back to the car, we bathed in baby wipes. The wipes took a ton of the color off from our faces, legs, and arms. When I got home, I stripped down in my garage. I had color everywhere, even on my feet, which had been covered with socks and shoes. I used soap and baby oil to get most of the color off. I had stains for a few days in the crooks of my arms, and my armpits.

Overall it was a very fun race.  I went in expected nothing, as it was not a timed race.  It was fun seeing everyone dressed up in costumes, tutus, and of course our Team Sparkle Skirts.  I also loved doing it with Megan, Danica, and Shea.  It was FABULOUS for picture taking also!!!  If you get the chance and there is a color run in your area, sign-up! You don’t have to be a runner to do it. I saw several people walking it. Plus, the races are selling out fast, so don’t hesistate!

13 comments
Rachael
Rachael

Dude! So awesome! I hadn't even thought about clean up yet - the leaf blower is awesome! ;D

erikavalenta
erikavalenta

Im participating in the boston run and i have colorfull clothes but i do not want to ruin them .... my shoesare fluo pink... once again i dont want to ruin them will it stain my shoes and shorts? HELPPP me prepare :)

Kati
Kati

Did the color come out of your hair easily? I have heard rumors of staining....

danica
danica

YAY! What a fun time that was shared... so glad we found you guys and man you are lucky you found the leaf blowers! We never did and there was so much powder on us throughout the drive home. :) Hopefully we can do another fun race together soon! :)

Sasha
Sasha

How fun! I wondered what the color was.... I am highly allergic to spray paint so it's good to hear it's just cornstarch. I think there is one here in OK soon- I'll have to check it out.

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Wow, what a cool idea for a race! Looks like it was a lot of fun!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

It was awesome. And when you notice color in weird spots on your body, you will totally remember my post about the clean-up.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

i hope that I am not too late to respond. A few months later, there is still pink on my shoes. I wore an old pair. So it does stain a little.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

The color came out of my hair just fine. But I wasn't rolling around in the color like some people were. There were people who participated in several color tosses so they were a bit more colorful than me.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Yes, it was a blast!!! Maybe we can get Shea to do another race soon too. :)

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

It was such a fun race. They are doing one in San Diego in November.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Ya, umm spray paint would be bad silly girl! Yes, the cornstarch was a bit of a pain when it got in my eyes. I should have worn sunglasses like everyone else. Seriously, if there is one close to you, sign up. It was a ton of fun, especially doing it with friends.