Fun Run: Color Palooza.

Another weekend gone, another week begun. How was your weekend?Ā 

My sister and I ran in the Color Palooza on Saturday morning, went to Northstar Cafe for lunch, shopped at Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale and ended the day with some frozen yogurt at the Groovy Spoon. I was so glad that we were able to spend the day together – a rare occasion these days!

Now for the race details…

The Race: I ended up arriving fifteen minutes late to the race. Let me explain…I live about 3 miles or so from where the race was taking place so I figured I would just bike downtown instead of dealing with traffic. I mapped the starting line from my phone (or so I thought) and left about 30 minutes before it started (figuring it would take about 15 minutes to bike there.) Too bad I accidentally looked at the driving distance from my house instead of the biking distance from my house. AH – it ended up being an 8 mile bike ride to the race in 90+ degree temps.

So, I ended up meeting my sister at the race around 1015. Luckily, groups were being sent through the starting line every five minutes so we were able to hop right in! THANK GOODNESS šŸ™‚Ā 

We ran about 2/3 mile and stopped – literally stopped – to get our first color. This was something that really bothered Michelle and I. Every color after that (five in all) we had to wait in a line to get sprayed by either a squirt bottle or a small hose.

We continued throughout the course and realized that there was no music was playing, no one on the side cheering and only one dinky water station about 1/2 the way through (where they only offered baby dixie cups of water.) I’m not trying to bash the Color Palooza but I just had different expectations – you know?

After we finished the race, we were handed a packet of color to throw up in the air as a group. Michelle and I opted out and had our own fun tossing it on ourselves instead. šŸ™‚

How did it go?Ā It was HOT! I honestly can’t believe how hot it was for being so early in the morning. I think I’m going to stay away from summer races in the future; it just wasn’t as fun as I had hoped it’d be! Also,Ā I really didn’t like how unorganized it felt. The course just seemed poorly organized and planned very last minute. Oh and we saw someone running/walking with their dog – not cool – just too hot for the pups.

Highlights: Running with my sister definitely tops my list. I am truly thankful for our relationship and love that she’s a runner! It encourages me to participate in more races and to push myself past my comfort zone (she is much faster than I am!)

Official Time:Ā I’m actually not sure how long it took us to run the race. We began fifteen minutes after it had begun and had to stop for every color. These five pauses (along with the heat) made the race take longer than expected. The one thing I do know is that we were done by 11AM so we had to have done it under 45 minutes!

Have you ever run in a ‘color run’? I think the official, nationwide ‘Color Run’ would’ve been a lot more fun than this one…

29 thoughts on “Fun Run: Color Palooza.

  1. I’ve never done a Color Run before, but I was watching Extreme Weight Loss last night and they ran the Warrior Dash and it really made me want to try that! I actually ran my first race back in May and it was so much fun! They only had one water station, but it was just a 5K, but I still think there should have been one more! The best thing was that it was all level ground…..yay!
    Love your blog by the way! And the Rick Warren quote on the side….I kinda needed that this morning šŸ™‚
    Have a great day!

  2. Shame there were issues like that with the race, it’s not very professional! But it sounds like you had a great day despite that, and it’s lovely that you and your sister got to spend the time together šŸ™‚

  3. Running with sisters is the best! I would’ve been a little bit disappointed too- only one water station and you have to stop? And oh my goodness I had that same horse mask that the person is wearing in that group photo when I dressed as a horse for Halloween when I was. My pony was terrified of it haha. Hope you had a great weekend!

    1. I actually just got an email from the organizer and they said that there were insufficient water stations therefore we are allowed free admittance to some tomato run in September. I’m glad it wasn’t just me who felt like the lack of water was insufficient šŸ™‚

  4. I ran a super disorganized race over St. Patty’s Day Weekend and was laughing about it the entire time. I love that you still had fun running with your sister. My sister lives in Chicago, so I love when we see each other and can workout together. Sisters are the best šŸ™‚

  5. Oh goodness it was SO hot this weekend! I can’t believe you ran a race in the heat. I could barely survive just lounging around without an A/C… The temperature in our house was about 86-88 all weekend. No fun.

    Too bad the race didn’t seem very organized. I like to participate in things that are well-planned and when I can tell they are not I get really anxious that something terrible is going to happen or we’ll make a mistake.

    I always wondered how the color part actually worked– so you had to stop each time to get that color?

    1. It really was awful. I try to stay inside in the heat of the day (during the summer) – not RUN three miles! Like I said…never again. But yes, we had to stop each time to get our colors – very lame. I actually don’t think the national ‘Color Run’ is this way – I think the ‘Color Run’ actually shoots the color into the air?

  6. Oh. My. Gosh. I am so jealous of North Star. That is my absolute favorite place when I go back ‘home’ to visit my family in Columbus. Mmm Mmmm. The run looks like fun! I’ve never done a color run but I’ve seen them all over the place recently.

  7. I have wanted to run a color run for so long!! This looks like a blast, lame you had to wait in line to get colored though! Awesome job, along with that bike ride too! Great day of working out!

  8. Di, you so perfectly captured my thoughts about these fun runs. I did the “Beach a Palooza” 5K a few summers ago (like the Warrior Dash but on the beach, hosted by the same company) and it was blaaaazing hot and poorly organized. Overall, I kind of couldn’t believe I spent $40 to run it! Then again, I’ve run two Warrior Dashes and thought they were a ton of fun and well worth the money.

    I can’t help but wonder if these fun runs have gotten too big for their britches, and now the companies are throwing the events together haphazardly in an effort to make more money as fast as possible. That sounds so cynical but I really think it might be the case.

    Regardless, I’m glad you enjoyed the race anyway!

    1. I actually just got an email from the organizer and they said that there were insufficient water stations therefore we are allowed free admittance to some tomato run in September. Iā€™m glad it wasn’t just me who felt like the lack of water was insufficient šŸ™‚ I really agree with you about the desire to make a buck. I actually got the race ticket through a Groupon (I think 2 for 1) but tickets were regularly 40$/piece! CRAZY!

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