What is Color Me Rad??
Krissy from All In A Day’s Work answers that question and many
more in this great guest post. Thanks, Krissy!
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Color Me Rad 5k at Kings Island May 17th
I’ve had a lot of people ask me “What is with all these color runs? What are they, why do you do them? ” and tons of other questions. I figured the best bet was to answer all the questions here, and give you the opportunity to decide if a color run is for you. We also have a discount code (see above or below) to Color Me Rad to save you some cash if you decide to sign-up!
Is it a race? It is most definitely not a race. That is why I love it so much; you will have people running, walking, some in wheel chairs, and little kids in strollers. You only wear a number so you can find yourself in the pictures on their website later on!
How long is it? What is the terrain? It’s a 5k, so approximately 3 miles. This year Color Me Rad is actually IN Kings Island, so there is some dirt paths, some concrete, and a few hills. Overall, most anyone can handle the terrain for this years Color Me Rad
Is it timed at all? Are there awards? To quote the website “we don’t even own a watch.” You have some who time themselves, and a few who even run it twice. The ‘run’ is for a good cause, and for the fun of it!
How much is registration? Registration is $72.86 with processing & service fees, but this year it includes admission to King’s Island for the day AND Parenting In Northern Kentucky has an exclusive promo code to save you 20%!!! code: (RAD4Parentinginky20)
Is this for charity? Color Me Rad does donate part of their earnings to a local charity; This year for Cincinnati they will be making donations to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Did you have to wear your own white stuff ? Did you have to pre-wash or treat it in any way? They don’t provide your ‘white’ gear, however you can purchase white Color Me Rad t-shirts at packet pick-up if you want. You don’t need to pre-treat any of your clothes, though I would suggest wearing older sneakers that you don’t care about (color tends to stick to those for some reason). The website does advise that people with light hair put in some leave-in conditioner in your hair so that you don’t have to wash your hair a hundred times to get it out. I always pull my hair back and sometimes wear bandannas so that I don’t have to worry about it.
Does the color stay in/on your clothes? Do you have to do anything special to “lock” it in? According to the website, you can soak the clothing in vinegar prior to washing and lock in the tie-dye. BUT it will get EVERYWHERE on your way home. I suggest bringing a change of clothes, and towels to put over your seats. Part of my backseat still has remnants of color from my kids making a mess from last years race.
Who is throwing stuff at you? There is a huge team of volunteers called “The Bomb Squad.” These people were very dedicated to their work.
What are they throwing at you? Color bombs are made of cornstarch and some sort of coloring. They are now official gluten-free! (Color Bombs are available for purchase at the finish line – ). Registration included one color bomb, which was handed to us right before we crossed the finish line. Two of the stations have spray color – I’m not sure what it contained, but it was liquid.
How often are they throwing color at you ? There are 5 ‘bombing’ stations throughout the race, about every 1k you will get bombarded! If you bring children, or babies, make sure you have something to cover their faces – I had a hard time catching my breathe at certain stations when there were a lot of people going through – the bombing gets a little crazy, and it’s flying through the air1
Does it hurt? Not at all. The only problem we had was that we were smiling and laughing a lot, which meant we got some in our mouths. The pink color bombers were particularly thorough and we had to stop and spit some pink coloring. (it looks pretty, but it doesn’t taste so good!)
What if it gets in your eyes? We get Color Me Rad sunglasses in our swag bags and the organizers recommend that you wear them (or some other eye protection). We saw some guys with swim goggles on- it was funny and effective.
Can you see? Does it ever get so clouded with color that you can’t see in front of you? The Color bombing stations are literally a big cloud that you run through. But, there are so many people around that you just sort of follow the crowd. People tended to slow down on purpose at the stations so that they could get thoroughly tie-dyed.
Does everyone start at once? Were you organized by speed? So far I’ve seen 2 ‘waves’, just meaning start times. When you register, you sign up for a particular wave. But, once you arrive, no one seems to to care about that. You just jumped into the corral and the volunteers would loop a rope at a cut-off point and send that group of people off together.
Are there lots of spectators/crowd support? There were lots of spectators that tagged along with runners, but they were mostly congregated at the finish line. It is definitely fun to stop at the finish line and watch people get bombed!
Would you do another one? It has now become a family tradition. My kids start asking when the next one is as soon as the weather starts to warm up!
Anything else I should know? If your kids claim to hate running, take them to a Color Me Rad race. They will love it. Also, do not be alarmed if you blow your nose later in the day and it is blue.
Join Parenting In Northern Kentucky at King’s Island on Saturday May 17th, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
for the Color Me Rad 5k
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