I am not a runner. In fact, the only time you would likely ever see me running is in the woods, being chased by a Grizzly. Running is not my idea of fun, but I do enjoy a good walk. And, that's precisely who 'fun runs' are geared towards. A fun run, contrary to the title, is more of a walking event specifically designed to bring people together to have fun. There are countless types of fun runs that have popped up over the years; from Zombie Survivial runs to Mud Runs, and even Color Runs, in which people are splattered with colored corn starch at various stations along the way. These runs are often about 5k, or 3 miles in non-runner speak, and have absolutely no prizes for placing. They require paid entrance, which includes promotional items, and covers the host city's fees for law enforcement and route designation.
But I don't recommend spending hundreds of dollars on 'official merchandise.' For your entry fee with the Color Run (which often begins around $25-35 for early entry), you will get an event t-shirt, headband, official runner number, wristband, and temporary tattoos to commemorate your participation. We registered early, and had 3 months to prepare our 'outfits' and kept an eye out at Hot Topic, Spencers, and Claire's clearance racks for neon glasses, tights, and shorts that would suit our purposes much cheaper. You may also want to pick up some colored sun block, face paint, and bright cosmetics (eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish, etc) to add some temporary color for the big day. Sabrina (11) and Jay both wore temporary lip tattoos that gave them brilliant rainbow lips for the big day.
Remember, you will be covered in color that is generally loose, and might rub off, so bring a change of clothes and/or towels for when you make it back to the car. Sweating and any moisture will make the color seep into particles and skin, and may temporarily stain dyed hair- so alert your boss in advance and pick up a bar of Lava Soap (found cheap near the bar soaps at your local grocery chain) to scrub the color out of your skin. Not only will the color seep through several layers and most certainly color skin beneath, but Lava soap has a great exfoliating texture that will lift the color off with much less scrubbing than body washes and traditional soaps. Are you ready for your first Color Run? Then stay tuned, because I'll e back with 2 more posts to walk you through our teams experience with a mountain of fun and colorful photos from the event!
What Daughter Says: There's nothing like a healthy walk and a good, old fashioned, color fight to put a huge smile on this girl's face!