The Color Run is a very popular road race every year. Billed as “The Happiest 5k On The Planet”, it always sells out. Why not? You get to do an easy 5K race and have people throw colored chalk at you!! My training and racing partner Terri and I like to mix in 5 and 10Ks into our training plans. This way we can maintain running “base-levels” for particular tri events we are focusing on. For THIS race though, no training plan was involved. This was a chance to be goofy and not worry about times and paces.
Race day for the Color Run starts out beautifully. The air is crisp, there’s some cloud cover and everyone is raring to go. Starting at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale, it’s always a party. Vendors, live music and food all day long. As we get lined up in the start chute, people are tossing out free stuff to the crowd. They break the start up into manageable groups, and we’re in the 3rd group out. We settle on a half-jog/half-walk pace and do some sightseeing downtown. I saw lots of places I didn’t know were there before the run.
Every so often, we would pass under an inflatable arch on the course. Each one was a different color to reflect the colored chalk about to be thrown on you. The idea of course, was to get covered as much as possible. I think we did pretty good at that. Several times we ran along the New River downtown and saw boats and restaurants along the way. Eventually, we made it back to the finish line and collected our Unicorn Medals and a bag of chalk powder.
The Color Run post-race party is a big deal every year. More food, music and giveaways as well as “chalk tosses” for total fun. Everyone tossed their bag of chalk powder in the air for some cool effects. Lots of people taking selfies or group shots and so much more.
It was a great event. I recommend this race highly if you’re looking for a goofy fun 5K to do!
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