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Why The Color Run Is The Happiest 5K Ever


Back in February I wrote about The Color Run because it looked like the most fun Sunday activity, but all of the cities close to me were totally booked. When I moved up to New York, my friends had already registered. Well, one of the girls ended up not being able to go so I was able to take her spot, and I’m so glad I did! I never thought I would put “happy” and “5k” in the same sentence. And I also never thought I’d have fun on a 6 am subway ride to Brooklyn, but I totally did.

The second we got to the run, we perked up. There were thousands of people, music, and swag everywhere. You make your way to the starting line and the coolest emcee starts pumping you up. It’s impossible for you not to be excited. Then you’re off! When you hit the color zones, you decide how colorful you want to get by running into high, medium, or low intensity lanes. Obvi we wanted to get totally tie-dyed so we stayed in the color zones and rolled around in the color.

Because we’re not really runners, we did kind of a jog and walk combo. But we did sprint to the finish line! After you look sufficiently like you stepped out of a Lisa Frank folder, it’s party time. There’s a huge concert, and every fifteen minutes there are color drops where everyone throws packets of color in the air. It’s absolute madness in the best possible way.

Seriously, it was the most fun day! Plus we went to Target after, which is a rarity in the big city. Target was super nervous, especially when we were walking near the white towels. It didn’t even feel like a 5k, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. You should totally register immediately.

Have you done The Color Run? Did you love it? How much color did you get?

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts and is now working for an awesome company in New York City. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!