40x 40 List #19: Run a 5K = The Color Run | PHX

Number 19 on my 40×40 list was to run a 5K. I had every intention of doing this and then I broke my ankle. I haven’t quite gotten up to speed with running, but walking is no longer as painful as it was a month ago, so I went ahead and registered for The Color Run. I was drawn to it based on this video:

How fun does that look!? Well this morning was the race and I can tell you it was every bit as fun as the video. You can tell it is the first year that they’ve really expanded the runs to a bunch of cities and there are some kinks to work out (bottlenecking at the color stations, running out of color, no real crowd control or people wranglers) but other than those small glitches, we had a superfab time.

On Thursday, I stopped at Target and bought a whole bunch of colorful stripe-y socks for our team (called Team Double Rainbow!) to wear. Here we are with our cool socks!


A news helicopter flew overhead and the crowd went nuts. Here we are ready to go! One quick team photo before the starting gun:

We were curious what it would be like at each station and a quick 1K walk to the first color point proved quite a site. From a few hundred yards back, we could see puffs of color emerge from the color area.

Everyone seemed to be so excited to get to the first station that there was a bit of a back up. We worked around it (mostly by yelling “WALK!!!” to get the crowd moving) and got sufficiently powdered up in a bright shade of yellow:

As we walked the route, we could see some of the other color stations dousing people in the brightly colored corn starch. Here is the pink station:

Here’s the green station upon approach:

And also, purple:

By the time we got to the finish line, we were looking pretty vibrant!

One of the best parts of the event was crossing the finish line. Each participant received a packet of color and, on a 10-second countdown, tossed the powder in the air to create a giant cloud of color:

We came out of the crowd cloud with lots of extra color on us. It was really a lot of fun to see.

When we decided it was time to go, we stopped by a staging area where a guy with a leaf blower strapped to his back blew all the extra powder off of us so we could drive home without completely ruining our cars.

Team Double Rainbow in full technicolor:


{L to R: Mark Krach, Nicci Lahavich, Summer Peil, Stella Singleton, Eric Myers, Don Burnside, Johnny Sweet, Stephanie Smith, Barbara Stokes}

The Color Run Phoenix supported Cardon Children’s Medical Center
For more information or to find a Color Run in your city, click here.

Thanks to Don Burnside for the use of his pictures.

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