When The Color Run started up in the States last year ,I wanted to sign up immediately. I followed the tour virtually and saw it sell out fast in every location, it was so popular. I thought, “If I’m ever going to run this I’ll have to plan my travels carefully…”
Then lo and behold, The Color Run came to Italy! The same week that I looked at the website a friend of mine who works for the organisation called me with an invitation to run it.
I was a little nervous. I know what to expect in a marathon, but I had no idea what to expect at The Color Run. I made sure I had someone to run with plus, bonus, a good friend was volunteering at the ‘pink’ colour station.
With the bib number they gave us a t-shirt which I dutifully put on along with a white headband. At the last minute I bought a pair of sunglasses (5 euro) to protect my eyes. There was a huge line for those so, um, very lucrative business this Color Run…
What I absolutely loved about the starting line atmosphere was the joy and fun everybody was anticipating. Loads of children, lots of people that you thought never did this kind of thing (running that is!). Everybody was just so darn happy. It was contagious.
They started us in waves of about 300 people. Everybody ran excitedly for the first 500 metres and that was about where they stopped. The goal from then on was just to get to the next colour. I only heard a few teens complain about their legs hurting at about the 4km mark; everybody else seemed to be fine running and walking along.
It’s still super hot in Italy right now, around 90°F/32°C so it was nice to have most of the course path in a pine grove and then on a shaded street. The organisation also kindly supplied water at the midway mark, very much appreciated!
My friend Lucia was manning the pink station and by the time we got to her she was covered in pink from head to toe. It really is pink! Almost hurts your eyes after awhile.
I couldn’t tell how much colour I was getting on me, but I knew I’d gotten a good dose of the pink from Lucia.
It was great to see so much laughing and movement and people just having clean fun. Or is that dirty fun?
When we got to the finish line they handed each of us a bag of colored powder for the final Color Blast.
We weren’t sure when the color blast was supposed to happen, but there were a lot of distractions and people being silly so the wait was fine.
They also had great music and everybody was dancing. It was about 8PM now and the colour tones from the sunset made the coloured powder even more brilliant.
Warning: read the instructions on how to get the colour off your skin and clothes before you participate! I had pink on my arms and legs for five days before it completely washed off. I can’t imagine what it would be like to walk around for that long looking like Avatars.
Our 5K Course which starts on 2 September (how smooth was that?) would be perfect for anybody wanting to get ready for The Color Run. If you happen to live in the States go here to look at The Color Run calendar. On that same page there’s a pull down tab to see all the worldwide Color Run events. Yes, they’ve taken over the world! If you happen to be in Italy the last Color Run for 2013 is in Milan on 7 September. Be there or be square!