I have done a lot of races but have never tried the Color Run. When invited to try it by Kohl's Yes2You Rewards, though, I was game. The whole family got involved, and that is what made it such a fun race. My mom had never done a 5K before, and even though my two older nephews had done a local Color Run, they had never done anything quite as long as this.
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Just to be safe, we brought a wagon for the two littlest ones. Here is the whole team getting ready to start!
Look how clean we all were! That didn't last long.
I could not believe the number of people out for the Color Run in Columbus. I am sure this is one of the largest races I have ever done. It was so big that they didn't start us all at once, but did it in three big waves. There were a lot of fun costumes and rainbow tutus in the group.
We all walked and stayed together the best we could. It took a while to get to the first color station, but the boys were really into it once the color started to fly. They also loved seeing all the police and firefighters who were helping out (and getting hugs and high-fives). They stopped to roll in the color and they were so cute that they got extra attention from the color throwers. They also figured out that the cups we had collected at the water stop were great for scooping up color and throwing it at each other!
It seemed like Blue was everyone's favorite.
I'm not sure the wagon was salvageable.
I was really impressed that the kids were so good. Max walked the whole way, and the two littler ones were happy to ride in the wagon or walk most of the time, and didn't expect to be carried much. There were a few tears when the color got in their eyes -- I would definitely recommend that everyone wear sunglasses! It took us about two hours start to finish. The boys were very excited to get their medals and throw more color at each other at the end. We ended up pretty messy.
|We went out to lunch like this!|
It was really fun to do this as a family. I think it would have been hard to make this a serious race for time, but it seemed like most people there were doing it as an experience with their family and friends. The boys being there really made the race for me. I'm going to treasure my medal as a memory of a really fun family day.
My coach wanted me to run four more miles after this race -- that wasn't happening! I was tired!
I'd definitely recommend finding some friends and family and trying this if you're looking for a fun and active way to spend time together. Thanks, Kohl's!