Race Recap: The Color Run

I was super duper excited to run walk this race with one of my long lost bff’s. She is my second cousin, which means we have spent pretty much every holiday together. We also barely graduated from high school together. I consider her just an all around best friend. I can talk to her about anything, and when we are together we bring out the best or worst in each other. However life is life, and we don’t spend nearly enough time together as of recently (like the last 5 years). We both got married and old!!

Here she is….Amanda!

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Or what I like to call her, Amandeeuh! (it was funny to find out that the nick names we have each other in high school, we still use today for screen names/emails/etc. She gave me the name Tiffersknees)

I’m sure you have all seen the video of the color run. It’s quite spectacular. Makes you think it’s this magical race! (The Color Run go check it out if you haven’t already). The main concept is you dress up in a white shirt, and they have these “color stations” where they sprinkle you with color. Sounds like tons of fun right??

My alarm went off at 4:30, I rolled over and hit the snooze. I was up at 4:40. Coffee maker is still broken…so I just grabbed my banana and headed out the door.

When I got to Amanda’s house, she too had brought a banana. I’m telling you, we are totally telepathic.

Banana buddies for life

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It was about an hour drive from Amanda’s house. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that the parking was at this team’s stadium.

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The logistics were perfect! There was TONS of parking (parking is usually a NIGHTMARE in SF), and the parking was FREE, the race started and finished IN the parking lot. 3 cheers for good planning on that part!

After we parked we headed over to packet pick up.

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I dunno why I thought the packet didn’t come with a shirt, but it did! Here’s my garb!

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I bought the sticker and the bandana, but the packet also came with the shirt, head band, final paint color, a wrist band for the race, and a tattoo!

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I used what I could find to paste that tattoo to my face.

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Getting a tattoo is such hard work! But totally worth the effort!

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And Amandeeuh looked just as cute!

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After the complicated tattoo process we headed over to take more pics, and see where this race started.

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Since we weren’t going back to the car we brought our color packs with us.

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And we found the start!

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We just had to find the gigantic sea of people heading in the same direction. Then this guy got the crowd going!

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He was awesome! He had us all jumping around, singing, and doing the wave!!

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The race started about 8-10 minutes late, but we were having fun with the announcer guy, it didn’t make much difference.

At one point we saw this lady in a motorized wheelchair with a color run bib attached to her stomach. Then Amanda threw out a challenge, finish before the wheelchair lady: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

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We had planned on walking the whole thing, and we started the first “k” around 13 min/mile. We were booking! And we got really excited to see the first “color station”.

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Doesn’t it look like you would be completely coated in color? Ya, not the case. You basically had to wait in line to get sprayed with the chalk color. Which is whatever, the chalk really had to get on your clothes.

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That was the only color I got in the first station. On my arm. I felt totally gypped! So the next station I was on a mission for color!!

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We got a little more that time. And on the way to the third station I saw this shirt.

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I told the girl, that I loved what her shirt said, and that it was inspiring. She said “thanks”. And then a few seconds later she started running. Love that! You go lady in the inspiring shirt!

The next few stations I basically just went to the color baskets and was pouring the color on myself. There were just too many people and not enough volunteers.

And the end we sprayed each other with green.

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And guess what? We totally beat the lady in the wheelchair. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!

We ate here after the race

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I’ll have a review up later about that place. Because ohemgee it was good!

Race overall was fun!

Pros:
Announcer guy
Getting covered in paint
Inspiring Tshirt lady
Garb
Logistics in SF
Beating the lady in the w/c to the finish

Cons:
Didn’t get painted on much, unless you really tried.
Course was the parking lot of the stadium. Very lame, but understandable.

See, not many cons! I liked this race, I would do it again. It would even be more fun with a huge group of people.

Have you done a color run??

Cheers!

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13 thoughts on “Race Recap: The Color Run

  1. Gina says:

    That is so cool! I am doing the Color Run in Nashville in October! I can’t wait! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping to get lots of paint on me- how would you advise me to do that?

    • drinkrunyoga says:

      Be proactive! Just go right up to the “sprayers” (people spraying the paint) and demand as much as you want. Turn around and make sure you don’t miss any spots! Good luck! You will have a blast!

  2. Amanda says:

    Yup, totally a blast and would do it again. Thanks banana buddy for an awesome day. Seriously need to go back and see Lois again….

  3. savor the sweet life says:

    I love that you ran this race! I was going to do this here in Cleveland but it sold out before I could register. Looks like it was fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. mizunogirl says:

    I’ve never done one! I’ve also never done a mud run. I get kind of freaked out by the starting and stopping. (One reason why I havnt yet run a Disney Race- I want to but then the idea of stopping for pictures as the clock ticks….or the idea of running Disney and havingNO photos of me with the characters…well…) Looks like a great time, and THE PIE QUEEN….Well, you got me there, I’d be so down with that! Wish we had more places like that here!!!

    • drinkrunyoga says:

      The color run was definitely fun for what it was, but the moment the race started I had the same feelings about time as you. It’s hard NoT to think about the clock ticking extra ticks unnecessarily. I just know that I race enough to get my “time” fix on other races ๐Ÿ˜‰

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