You’ve signed up for your first Color Run – sweet! But, how do you prepare, what do you wear, and what happens after the event is over? Here are tips for a successful first Color Run to keep it happy.
Disclosure: I was hosted by The Color Run and PlayBall Park to give you the scoop on The Color Run. All opinions are my own!
I’m not a seasoned runner. And I’ve always told my family that I’ll run if there’s a bear chasing me and that’s it. But, recently, I swore to myself to get healthier, so it’s off to the YMCA and the treadmill whenever I’m able. And while I’m not considering running in a massive marathon, an event like runDisney and The Color Run were very appealing.
So, when The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K came to my neck of the woods last weekend, The Kid and I were down for some fun. And, it was so much fun! Yes, I did some research about what to expect because I wanted to be prepared. So, having done the homework, here are my best tips for a fun, happy, Color Run.
1. There Are Levels of Color Run Packages – Choose Wisely
Depending on The Color Run that you choose, there are different packages to purchase. Some are as simple as a medal and race number bib, others offers the whole nine yards including a logo tee, headband, and temporary tattoos.
2. Wear White
Again, it’s not mandatory, but the more white clothing you wear, the brighter the colors will show up during the race. If you choose to purchase a package that includes a logo tee, it’s mainly white.
When we raced, my teen daughter wore white knee socks, too.
3. First Color Run Tip: You Don’t Have to Be a Runner to Have Fun
For The Color Run in Cleveland, Ohio, it took place at 8am – and it was already 80 degrees. To keep from getting overheated, The kid and I walked most of it.
As long as you stay with the rule “walkers to the left, runners to the right”, you’ll be fine either way. And, with all of the fun that goes on during the run, the 3.1 miles go by very quickly.
4. Pick Up Your Registration Packet the Day Before the Run
While not mandatory, it is suggested that you do. If not, you’ll be imposed a $5 fee per entrant.
For our run in Cleveland, Ohio, there were 5,000 participants – and long check-in lines the day of. So, do yourself a favor and check in early to avoid fees.
5. Yes, You Practically Get Hosed Down with Pigment
During The Color Run, there are pigment checkpoints. Each uses a different color of dry pigment that is sprayed from large bottles onto the runners. Depending on your location when you run under the arches will depend on how much pigment you’ll get.
Honestly, I wanted to look like a unicorn in a colored rain storm, so I gave myself plenty of time to get through each.
6. Keep Your Cell Phone Protected
The pigment powder sticks to everything (especially when you’re sweating!), and that includes your cell phone. Consider purchasing an inexpensive waterproof bag for your phone to keep it safe.
7. First Color Run Tip: You’ll Breathe in Pigment – Wear a Bandana
If you feel you’ll have sensitivity to the Color Run powder, make sure to bring a bandana to wear over your mouth and nose, especially if you have asthma and allergies. I didn’t, but (and this is TMI) I blew out pigment from mine for a day afterward.
The pigment does have a slight scent, but The Color run folks have assured us all that it’s completely safe.
8. Make Time for the Finish Line After Party
After all the running and walking, you need a little party in your life, right? The After Party is a hoot, and just as much fun as the run itself.
Grab your medal and head to where the music is playing – and don’t forget to score a bag of pigment. About every ten minutes there’s a color throw where folks that have raced get to throw pigment into the air and onto everyone around.
You’ll also find light snacks and water after the race, so stay hydrated and grab a bite.
9. First Color Run Tip: Bring an Old Towel or Blanket for the Car
I highly suggest this to keep your vehicle’s seats clean. We were head to tow in pigment and I winced when I had to get in our car. So, grab something to cover your seats before you leave home.
10. Most of the Color Comes Out of Your Clothes – But Not All
We both had a Color run logo shirt and I was surprised that most of the pigment came out of them when washed. I seriously wanted the color to stay in, if only for nostalgia every time I wear mine, but nope.
On the other hand, don’t wear clothing that you care about getting stained. MOST comes out, but there will be residual color.
11. The Color Run Isn’t Officially Timed – Pace Yourself
When it comes down to it, The Color run is all about having fun. The run isn’t officially timed, but if you want to know how well you did (or didn’t), you’ll have to remember your start and stop times.