This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a Color Vibe 5k run in Memphis, which was also my very first 5k. I had a blast and am currently searching for more color runs in Memphis to take part in. It is such a fun and unique way to get outside and be healthy!
I brought along my boyfriend, Derrick, and his mom (pictured a couple photos below). None of us are runners and didn't have enough time before the race to actually train to run, so we power walked through the race. We were pleasantly surprised to see that majority of people there were also walking.
For those of you who don't know much about color runs, they are typically non-competitive, non-timed 5k's that focus around the idea of fun! There are color stations throughout the course of the race where volunteers throw brightly colored powder all over the walkers and runners. The pigment goes up in the air in big puffs of clouds (as you can see in the first photo) and completely covers the ground after everyone runs through (as you can see below).
Forgive me for these not so wonderful photos. I took my iPhone to document the fun times, but I found it really hard to take decent pictures when everything was covered in powder, including my phone's camera lens. The other option was to take photos through a plastic bag, but those turned out just as bad if not worse.
I learned a couple important things about participating in this type of 5k:
-Don't open your mouth for joy when running through the color throwers. The powder is non-toxic, but tastes yucky and colors your teeth.
-They hand out the sunglasses for a good reason. If you don't wear them the powder will get in your eyes!
If you ever get the opportunity to do a race like this, DO IT! It is so much fun! You can walk or run at your own pace and have a great time doing it! Plus, the races benefit different charities. Our color run benefited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!