Last weekend, I traveled to Albuquerque to do The Color Run, it's about a 4 hour drive for me, I met my cousin Tracy there, she came from Lubbock, TX and she had about a 5 hour drive. This is me before the run, all nice and clean. You start out with a white shirt and as you run, there are color stations where volunteers color you with a substance, kind of like cornstarch with food coloring.
It's a 5K race, we got there around 7:30 Saturday morning, the race started at 8am. I heard that there was 7,000 people there. They let us go in waves of 500-1000 people. We were in the 2nd or 3rd wave of people to go. It took me 38:23 to finish. When I was getting back to the finish, there were still people starting. I thought to myself, there was no way I'd want to be in those last groups and see so many people finishing when I hadn't even started yet. I didn't run the whole thing, I think around mile 2 I started doing walk/run/walk/run intervals. Tracy ran the whole thing and she only finished about 5 minutes or less before I did. I told her to go on ahead, I didn't want to make her wait for me.
Here we both after the whole race and festival were over, we're pretty colored up! So much fun.
After the runners start finishing, back at the finish line there is a color throw about every 15 minutes. All of the runners gather in front of the stage and throw their color packets up in the air, this is Tracy at the end of the color throw, when the dust is still settling. I like this picture.
Tracy took this photo, it's right in the midst of the color throw. Pretty neat.
Here I am in the color throw, Tracy took this one too, and she had a glop of color on the lens of her camera, so I'm a little blacked out, still a pretty cool shot.
I had a great weekend, missed my kid and husband for sure, but it was nice to be away from them. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
This run was so fun and all the money raised went towards Ronald McDonald House, I think the Color Run donates to chairities in the cities they hold the runs in. I saw lots of different people participating, families, teenageres, older folks, novice runners like me, and the more serious runners too. People were dressed up, lots of long crazy socks, lots of tutu's also. I'm looking forward to signing up for another one the next time they come to Phoenix. I think they did one in January in Phoenix, so maybe January 2013 there will be another one and I think I'd either try to get some friends from here to go, or take my kids.