A little over a week ago I had the chance to participate in the ColorMeRad5K through my affiliation with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. I was compensated in exchange for my review. All opinions however, are my own.
Before the ColorMeRad5K I had never participated in a fun run. I had never even run a race without a Garmin or some other type of gadget to determine exactly how fast and how far I was running and I would’ve never considered it because I believed that all serious runners care about their time, period.
I didn’t think that it was impossible to have fun at a race because I’ve had fun at lots of races. I just didn’t think it was possible to run a race with the sole purpose of having fun without worrying about time or pace. And so I challenged myself and I decided to run. For fun.
In order to prepare for the fun I needed to enlist some help so I cornered all of the neighbors and I managed to convince 8 of them to run with me! If you really are determined to have fun, trust me, that’s the way to do it. (Oh, and it’s healthy fun too, bonus!)
I needn’t have worried. I had a blast.
The ColorMeRad5K was held at the Tampa Fairgrounds and I arrived at the race around 8:30am with Jayde and Lily and we snapped a few before pictures.
As soon as we got near the stage we could hear the music and feel the excitement. We instantly joined the crowd and even participated in some Zumba. (A first for me by the way.)
Around 8:55 we headed off to the start line. We started the race around 9 and running with Jayde and Lily was a blast. We walked, we ran, we jumped, we skipped, we danced and we stopped at all the color stations to make sure that we got blasted with as much color as possible. I loved every minute of it and I have no idea how what my time was!
The only thing I would do differently is change the start time or possible route the course a bit differently. Tampa is really hot in April and the beginning portion of the race is in an open area which was already heating up. Thankfully the second half was mostly under trees and in shady areas and there was plenty of water along the race course as well.
Once we crossed the finish line, they gave us each a color bomb which we threw in the air and stood under for maximum impact.
I think we accomplished our goals, have fun running, check. Wear white shirts, check. Leave looking like skittles….
Boom, Taste the Rainbow, holla!
Shortly after we finished two more of our neighbors came running across the finish line and we all headed toward the stage to enjoy more of the festivities.
Later another family of neighbors crossed the line as well, the Neals. All 8 finished and had a blast! And now they all want to do it again.
The Neal family (minus dad because somebody had to take the picture!)
I’m pretty sure this was the longest I have ever stayed at an after party and it was so worth it. I had so much fun and I remembered how much fun running is. I got to share that joy with many of my neighbors and I got free photos capturing those awesome memories. I’m so glad that I decided to do this race and I’ve already promised all the neighbors that we will all run it again next year.
Have you ever run the ColorMeRad5K?
What’s your opinion of color runs in general?