The Color Run Redux

Resting in the yellow zone. (Photo by M.)

Two days after The Color Run, and I’m still washing off color.  That’s because I made sure I got well and truly colored.  The color I’m dealing with today is all over the stuff I unpacked this morning, things I wore and/or had with me while walking The Color Run.  There is so much color to deal with because I figured I might as well go all-in.  You don’t have to.  If you prefer not to get too much color, stick to the middle.  You’ll probably get some color, but not a lot unless the volunteers spreading the colorful cheer are very vigorous and enthusiastic in their duties.

Pink was a popular color station. There was a traffic jam of racers waiting to have pink thrown at them.

Today’s walk around the pond was short, leisurely, and sans camera.  I have enough Color Run photos for today’s post so didn’t feel the need to take more photos just yet.

Cleaning up the blue color station.

I’m taking a rest day today.  No big walks or rides on the bike.  It’s too hot for that anyhow.  It is in the 90s again with loads of humidity thickening up the air.  We have a 50% chance of rain, but so far it’s all been going south of us.

Approaching the last color station (yellow). The finish line is not far from this last station.

I’m thrilled at the thought that M and I are not traveling anywhere anytime soon.  Well, there might be a quick trip to Pittsburgh next week.  No firm decision on that has been made yet.

It was all yellow… (Photo by M.)

Getting back to The Color Run…  M, our oldest son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters were waiting for me near the yellow color station.  Unfortunately, we managed to miss each other somehow.  I didn’t see them.  They didn’t see me.  I wasn’t paying attention to my cell phone during the race and missed a plethora of messages and texts from them asking for my current location.  I finally took out the phone after the big color throw at the finish line, and we got together so the girls could laugh at see me all colored up.

(Photo by M.)

(Photo by M.)

Once through the finish line, there is a big color throw.  We were all given color packets as part of the race package (plus a Color Run t-shirt and headband, along with a race number and wrist band).

I did not take pictures during our color throw.  I don’t think the camera would have survived all that colorful powder.  The photos are from a later color throw that I went down to watch after meeting up with my family.

This gives you some idea of what it looks like when you are in the midst of the color throw.

I know a couple of you want to see what I looked like after the race.


I didn’t get nearly as much color in my hair as I thought.  It should also be noted that the color that I did get in my hair came right out with the first shampooing.  The race FAQ warns that those with blonde hair might retain some of the color, but I had no such luck.  I wouldn’t mind having rainbow colored hair for a while.

At the Jazz & Rib Fest

Following the race and getting some photos of the final color throw, I joined my family over at the Jazz & Rib Fest.  It was just a short walk (not even half a block) past the Color Run festival area.  I have to tell you, a Rib Fest is not a good place for a vegetarian to find some decent food after a 5k.  I was hungry and did manage to find a booth selling grilled corn on the cob.  M and I had the corn and some fries.  That was the best we could do.

Listening to some jazz

Someone should come up with some fast, good vegetarian food that doesn’t involve deep frying for carnivals and festivals.  I’m told that defeats the purpose of going to a carnival or festival, but there are some of us who might enjoy such things more if we could find something decent to eat.

That’s it from The Color Run.  Thanks for joining me in this silliness.  If you’re up for it, look for one in a city near you.  It’s an event where you’ll find lots of smiles, plenty of laughter, a healthy dose of conviviality, and tons of color.  Some of the money goes to charity (in this case to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department).  You can read more about the Columbus event and watch a video here.

Girls with mustaches. (Photo by M.)

36 Comments on “The Color Run Redux”

  1. The color run looks like as much fun as Holi Day.

    • Robin says:

      Agreed, Adela. I’ve always thought it would be fun to watch (and participate) in all the color being thrown around at Holi Day.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Chatter Master says:

    Your friends at the run were right. You take amazing pictures. I am all in for next years run!

  3. Val says:

    Wow, that’s amazing! And it made me think, too, of Holi that a lot of my Indian friends celebrate. 🙂

  4. mobius faith says:

    A fascinating cultural experience.

  5. I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am that you met “Chatter Master” at the run. It’s a long story of mistaken identity, that you will discover in the comments to my most recent post! The short story is: Colleen has been reading my blog for ages, and I THOUGHT I had been reading hers–only she was the WRONG Colleen Brown! If you hadn’t met her at the run and I’d known the she was participating, I might still be in the dark. God, Robin, I am SOOOOOOO dumb sometimes it’s laughable! You have inadvertently helped me clear up a huge confusion! Poor Colleen/Chatter Master!

    • Robin says:

      lol! The blogging world just keeps getting smaller and smaller, Kathy. How funny that you know Colleen! I’m so glad I could help you find the right blog. Now all you have to do is read all of her posts to catch up… 😉

  6. Looks like it was a lot of fun Robin! Like Val said, it reminds me of Holi in India; I happened to be in India on Holi in March 2011… Crazy! Thanks for sharing your photos!!

  7. Carla says:

    This is really cool! I’ve never heard of this! Love the photos where all the color is being tossed up in the air! Wow!

    • Robin says:

      There’s one coming up in New Orleans, Carla, but looks like it’s sold out. They’re always looking for volunteers to throw color. You’d end up all one color, but I bet it’s just as much fun as doing the run itself. 🙂

  8. What fun!! I’m going to have to see if there is a color run near me, I would love to check one out! I’m not in good enough shape to actually run, but I’d love to photograph one!! 😉

    • Robin says:

      It would be great fun to photograph, Holly. If you do find one, station yourself near the last color station. It’s usually near the finish line so you would be able to get some photos of the actual race experience, and then walk a little ways to the finish line to capture the super colorful final throw.

  9. Karma says:

    This is so cool looking. I just love the photo of the colors poofing into the air, and of course the one of you all colored up!

    • Robin says:

      The final color throw was my favorite part, Karma, although I do have to say I appreciated it more watching it from the outside. It’s fun to be in the middle of it, but you can’t see the big picture from there.

  10. Anna Surface says:

    Oh my goodness, what a hoot! I haven’t seen anything like this. Great shots, Robin, and nice to see you. A pure colors-fest! LOL

  11. Tammy says:

    My boys are looking over my shoulder and think this is really cool. I worry about the clean up?

    • Robin says:

      The clean up was super easy, Tammy. They have info about cleaning up on the FAQ at the Color Run website, but basically all I had to do was take a shower. They have blowers just past the finish line where, if you want, you can have the loose powder blown off. I took a beach towel with me to sit on in the car. I used the same towel to wrap up all of my colorful stuff when I was stripping down for a shower. The color washed off easily, and all I had to do was rinse off a few spots of color that had splashed on the shower walls.

  12. The Color Run looks like so much fun! I’ve never heard of it before. I’ll have to look and see if they have one in our area. You took amazing pictures!

  13. Anita Mac says:

    That is so awesome! We are off to Boston this weekend and I can’t wait! Hope the rain stays away – at least for the morning! Wonder what the hotel staff will think when we check in to our hotel covered in colours!!!! Thanks for sharing – I was already excited – can’t wait!

    • Robin says:

      Can’t wait to see your pictures, Anita! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that the rain stays away. 🙂

      I wondered the same thing about hotel staff since I was staying at a hotel. When I walked in around 2pm all covered in color, there wasn’t a soul around to notice. lol!

  14. Corina says:

    What fun! I had never heard of the Color Run but it really looks and sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe one day…if I get in on the early bird registration. It’s too late for this year here in Portland but maybe one day.

  15. Dana says:

    LOVE this post! It looks and sounds like such a good time! Great photos, too.

  16. Christine Grote says:

    Thanks for sharing the photos. I particularly enjoyed the one of you, especially since I remember you saying you weren’t thrilled at having your photo taken. I also liked the one with the multi-colored cloud. Did the powder get in your nose and mouth and make it hard to breathe?

    • Robin says:

      Glad you enjoyed them, Christine. 🙂 And no, I don’t like having my photo taken, but I’ve realized I ought to leave some record of myself somewhere.

      The powder can end up in your nose and mouth (and eyes). I didn’t have any trouble with it. I would hold my breath while going through the color stations. At the final color throw, when the air is filled with powder, I just kept my head down or held my breath when I wanted to put my head up and look. A lot of people bring bandanas to put on their faces. I even saw a few with surgical masks. If you have asthma or allergies, it’s probably best to wear something so you don’t breathe it in.

  17. Kathy says:

    Awww, this is the bestest post, Robin! And I loved the color-ish photo of you, too. I sometimes have huge troubles reconciling my inner image of people (and/or their voices) when meeting them for the first time. It’s like I have this image and am always surprised to see people “in the flesh”. One friend it took for three meetings before I could reconcile. It feels like I know you a bit better now. Thank you…

    • Robin says:

      I can understand that, Kathy. I’ve had similar reactions when I finally get to see someone I’ve gotten to know online. It’s funny how we come up with our own image based on words.

  18. […] were not a lot of participants compared to, say, the Color Run.  I was told about 100 or so registered.  I was number 79.  That may be about where I placed, […]

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