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I’ve never really been much of a fitness person, but I’ve always ran as my hobby.  About a month ago my cousin and her boyfriend, who have participated in various marathons, invited me to go to the Color Run with them.  I was naturally overcome with hesitation. Yes, I used to be a cross country runner in middle school and the past two years of high school, but running with them could be presented as quite a challenge. I wasn’t even on the varsity team! My mom could see the look of hesitation on my face and decided to tell them that I’d gladly go without considering the fact that I hadn’t ran in months.  

I had decided to get some mileage in before the day of the run but naturally my procrastination caught up with me and before I knew it the day of the Color Run was here. I woke up at four that morning and decided that if I had to stop and walk I would. There was no point in fainting or throwing up if the Color Run targets having fun not landing a spot in the record books. I never expected to see such a large crowd of people at the event. Luckily to my surprise, there was a mixture of people younger and older super athletic and average.  Before I knew it, we had started our 5K journey. 

I hadn’t realized how much fun it could be to run with a bunch of strangers just for the joy in physical activity. I have to say I definitely didn’t expect to take five showers afterwards! The point of the Color Run is to run 5 kilometers while volunteers stand at each kilometer and completely saturate you in powdered color. At the end of the race, all the participants meet and hundreds of color packets are thrown into the air. So yes, you get extremely dirty, but it is definitely worth it. No athletic accomplishments are needed. All that is necessary are clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and an expectation of having fun.

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Comment by Bianca Montano on September 30, 2013 at 4:03pm

Thank you! Yes, the Color Run happens in over 100 cities in the United States year round. One of my friends participated in the Austin Color Run which took place the 14th of September. I know that it is quite new. Many of the other runners were commenting on the fact that it was their first time hearing of the event. And yes, it was a blast!

Comment by Diana Payne on September 30, 2013 at 3:15pm

How fun! Excellent timing with that second photo. Do you know if this is an event that happens in a lot of cities across the US? I'm pretty sure they had one in Austin very recently. I'd never heard of it before, so maybe it's new?

Comment by Bianca Montano on September 30, 2013 at 10:10am

Yes, this was in El Paso.

Comment by Bianca Montano on September 29, 2013 at 9:03am
You should totally participate in any run like this! It's worth it.
Comment by Rocio Ortega on September 29, 2013 at 8:19am

I love this blog! Many of my friends have participated in events like these! Glad you had fun! I still have yet to participate in a Color Run!




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