This past Saturday, my sister and I decided to have one last hurrah before the summer ended. We signed up to walk in the Color Me Rad 5K in Pittsburgh. For all you 5k lovers, here’s a rundown of what it was like.
This 5k is not really for serious runners. A quote from the promoters info. packet said “we don’t even own a clock”. It is for anyone who wants to come out and have a healthy, fitness oriented party without the alcohol. We arrived at 7:30 a.m. The music was already pumping and the promoters were whipping the crowd into a frenzy. At the start line, there was more music while color packets and t-shirts were being shot from a gun.
We started in waves every 10 minutes (at least 100 people to a wave) and this went on most of the day. There had to have been at least 10,000 people at this event. We were a sea of white when we started, but at each of the color stations, volunteers dubbed the “color bomb squad” blasted you with colored cornstarch powder or a water/powder mixture. On this warm day, the water stations were welcome relief. The course was very hilly (another drawback for serious runners, no PRs here). It was crowded so sometimes you had to stop and wait your turn to go through a color station. This didn’t bother me at all since all the Pittsburgh hills were giving us a good workout. I even saw a former student in the race. I don’t know how in the world she recognized me with a rainbow of colors all over me, but anyway here’s a shout-out to Amy Mack!
At the conclusion of the race, you got your own color packets to bomb people who were still finishing the course. Our “after” pictures are quite colorful. If you ever do a CMR run, make sure to bring old sheets or towels to cover your car seats. You will not be a happy camper if you don’t! They remind you to bring some in your pre-race packets.
It was touch and go getting out of the parking lot. There were not nearly as many folks directing traffic on the way out as there were on the way in. This is a problem the promoters say they will work on for next year’s run. Back at the hotel it was scrub-a-dub-dub to get all the powder off before heading home to Central PA. On Sunday we soaked our tie dyed clothes in vinegar and ironed them to set the colors.
This was a fun way to end our summer for sure. In the fall Pittsburgh is hosting a Zombie run. Hmmm… Have you participated in any out-of-the-ordinary 5ks/runs? Fill me in!