Last weekend I fulfilled a lifelong dream. Okay, not lifelong, like six-month long, which is long enough for most things that I find out about on the Internet.
I am, of course, talking about participating in the Color Run.
I’m pretty sure I heard about this laundry affirming race from other healthy living blogs. I like trends. I like race t-shirts. I like healthy living bloggers and generally believe that they will never, ever, ever steer me wrong.
I mean, look how happy this guy is…right?
To be honest,despite all of the fun pictures and bandwagon of fun blogs I’ve read, I was kind of underwhelmed.
I don’t usually write “bad” blogs, I try out all sorts of products that never make it to the Internet because I would much rather tell you about the stuff I LOVE than the stuff I don’t. I wouldn’t say I hated the Color Run, I just thought it could have been a lot better.
I’m going to start my review by saying that I think this may have been the first New York City based race they’ve done, and large events often need a few test runs before they work out all the kinks. I’m not opposed to trying it again next year…this go around just didn’t live up to the hype.
The race started off well, there were good MC’s psyching the crowd up and fun music at the starting line, but as soon as we departed the starting line the music was completely out of earshot and the race turned into all runners/walkers/photo-oppers for themselves.
This was one of the key problems I had with the race; there was no order, just a vast blacktop crowded with people. Most of the fun runs I’ve done in the past had some sort of protocol for varied speeds and separating runners from walkers—I’m not being snobby, just noting the frustration of some runners caught behind walls of walkers. While the strategic color zones to soak the participants and various places to pose for photos where awesome and fun detours on a hot day, they became a traffic jam of sorts.
Basically, what the Color Run needs is a walking lane and a running lane.
If you’re a Facebook fiend this is definitely the race for you. The race is untimed, so you don’t have to worry about setting PR which allows for the freedom to stop and pose with friends in front of backdrops and with people rocking tutus.
The music was intermittent, reserved only for the starting line and color stations. I think a few more speakers would have definitely added to the excitement of the crowd, which definitely ebbed in the half-mile intervals between colors. I at one point overheard someone say, “Where’s all the happiness I was promised?”
That kind of summed up my thoughts, too.
All in all, it was an okay race with a good gimmick, but probably not worth the $60 registration fees.
What do you think, is this my new look?