After doing my second The Color Run on Saturday and seeing how many people around me weren’t sure what exactly what to expect, I thought it would be helpful to post a few tips for doing your first color run.
What do I keep saying “doing” instead of “running”? I’m going to be straight with you: there are more walkers than runners at these kinds of events, and that’s perfectly OK! You don’t need to do any sort of hardcore training, but be sure that you are able to comfortably walk three miles before race day.
Dear crabbypants of the world: do not sign up for a fun run like this if you are not in the mood to deal with people, loud music, strangers throwing things at you, crowds, more loud music, dancing, or general shenanigans. Just don’t. This is a FUN event, you’ll find people running around greeting friends, see people dressed up in all sorts of crazy colors, and maybe even find yourself dancing at the finish line. Get into the mood, step into character, get excited.
Cover your camera/phone
Here’s a good question, “how do you get the color on you?” The answer: Volunteers throw colored corn starch (according to the Color Run website, it says that the 100% food grade corn starch is safe) at you as you run through each kilometer station. It doesn’t hurt…unless you fall and some rouge friend of yours tramples you…and you are given at least one packet of “color” in your registration packet so you can always apply it yourself.
Now, there is this colored dust/stuff being thrown at you…is it safe for your camera or phone? I’m going to give you a bit of a hint: if you’re not willing to buy a waterproof disposable camera, I’m going to suggest putting your phone/camera in a Ziploc-type bag and making sure it is closed. I did that for The Color Run last year and the photos turned out fine. This time around, I used my Lifeproof case and it worked perfectly! No damage to my phone from the dust flying in the air
Bring baby wipes and tissues
…and a beach towel for your car when you’re done. Here’s the thing…this is a messy run. It’s not going to be pretty when you’re done and you walk back to your car…so let’s think of this time as Color Run Tailgating! To prepare for the return to the real world, be sure to pack some baby wipes (get a bunch from the travel section of Target or splurge a bit and get the bigger back from the baby section), a box of tissues, and a beach towel or large sheet.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is cover your car seats before you even start the race. Yes, you’re excited (see tip #1) but a little bit of preparation now is going to be totally worth it. Use beach towels or large sheets to cover your seats.
When you get back to your car is blow your nose. Expect “unicorn boogers” because you’re going to see all sorts of color on your tissues when you’re done. Keep blowing.
Next: use the baby wipes…and check under your shirt…and if you’re changing shoes, check under your socks. Yeah, the color gets everywhere. Keep wiping.
Other than that, have fun! Take lots of photos, maybe even some video, and make it an event to remember.
You can find out if The Color Run is coming to a city near year on their website and read about my previous experience in this post.
Have you done a Color Run?
What advice would you give to first time “fun runners”?