I should probably start with the truth--I was dreading this race. When I signed up for it months ago, it seemed like a great idea. Color runs were all the rage last summer and I never had the opportunity to participate in one, so when the Color Run Cincinnati didn't sell out immediately this year, I knew this was my chance. Unfortunately, I didn't realize months ago how BUSY I was going to be this summer (I guess I should have thought about that) and I didn't think about the fact that scheduling a 5k in Cincinnati on a Saturday during half marathon training would leave me having a super early morning both Saturday and Sunday since I would need to do my long run on Sunday.
I had a bad attitude from the get-go, but once I got out of bed and on the road with a cup of coffee and my bff Stephanie in tow, things started to look up. It was a beautiful morning and I knew this was going to be a fun run.
|Beautiful sunrise over the Ohio River.|
|This photo doesn't even begin to do the crowd justice.|
We finally made it to the start line and we were off! I immediately realized that the giant cotton t-shirt that Adam had bought me for this occasion at Wal-Mart was not comfortable for running. Not at all. I kept pushing the sleeves up but it was HOT and running in cotton is not fun. I also didn't have my Garmin on me (I didn't want it to change color--I like it pink!) so we weren't able to really follow any kind of run/walk program like we normally do. Luckily, this race wasn't timed--so it didn't really matter. We walked when we wanted to and ran when we wanted to and it all worked out just fine.
We ran through multiple color stations including blue, green, pink and orange throughout the race. I feel like I am forgetting one--I think we decided there were 5 color stations. We also were shot with Color Run workers carrying guns filled with some sort of liquid color. We were a little disappointed how far apart some of the color stations were--there was one point in the race where it felt like we ran for quite awhile without anything "colorful" happening. It was also a very full race, which made trying to run challenging at times.
We crossed the finish line approximately 30 minutes after we started, which leads me to guess that the course was maybe a little shorter than a typical 5k. I think we walked more than I normally would for a 5k, though I have no way of knowing that for sure, and generally I take about 33-35 minutes to finish a race of that distance. Regardless, since this was just a "fun run" and wasn't chip timed, the distance didn't really matter.
Post race, we were thoroughly doused in color, though Stephanie looked worse for the wear than me. We headed a few blocks away and grabbed some bagels from a local shop and got some strange looks when we walked inside!
Overall, I'd recommend the Color Run to anyone looking for a different kind of 5k experience or for people looking for a fun activity for their weekend. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who was going to take it too seriously--this wasn't the event for that. If you are looking for a way to get moving and have a good time, this is the race for you. I will likely sign up again next year if it fits in with my schedule. They don't call it the "happiest 5k" for nothing!