Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Color Run

I am not a runner. But some how my friends convinced me to sign up for the Color Run this fall in DC. And I cannot tell you how glad I am they did.

Marketed as the Happiest 5K on the planet, they couldn't be more right. At the Color Run, it isn't about your time or where you place, it's about the experience of walking or running or skipping or dancing the 5 miles through checkpoints of color with your friends. All the while for a great local cause, or in this case, Washington's Children's Hospital.

The end of each K was marked, literally, with an explosion of a different color. Orange, topped red, which was covered by yellow and blue, till you literally love like you stepped out of a crayon box.

Triumphant participants grin across the finish line and are greeted with even more color as an after concert dance party of powdered people celebrate their endorphin high.

The sea of white tshirts, bandanas, knee socks, capes, tutus, and yes, even wedding dresses turned into a canvas of color highlighting a thousand smiles.

I am so glad I was able to experience such an event and, even though I was getting green and orange powder out of my ears for days to come after, I cannot wait till next year's chance to run again.