I tasted the rainbow! {The Color Run recap}

No seriously I did taste the rainbow and it was all up in my teeth afterward.

Last Saturday The Color Run returned to Baltimore and for the second time in a row Miss Betty and I were honored to be Ambassadors, along with my BRF, Sara. There were two separate events that day and we were signed up for the one at 9 am. I just  love the smell of glitter bright and early in the morning.

So yeah . This year The Color Run is presenting the Shine tour and what could be shinier or more sparkly than glitter? Or some gold bling at the end? I was pretty excited that they would be handing out medals this time! Along with the standard white logo tee and rainbow sweatbands, we were also provided with some fun glitter tattoos and at the end of the race there would be a packet of glitter handed to us along with the customary color packet for the big color throw where everyone gets super messy.

Betty and me, equipped with our jogger that still contains remnants from last year’s Color Run, arrived just as they were starting to let people in. We picked up my bib and gear, purchased a stuffed unicorn for our sweet little I Run 4 buddy and met up with Sara just in time to catch the beginnings of the Zumba-style warm up.

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Despite some audio difficulties, it was still a lot of fun. If there’s one thing that the friendly folks at The Color Run know how to do, it’s get people moving!

Right around 9 o’clock, we started making our way to the start and I noticed way too late that we should have probably gotten in line much sooner (sorry again, Sara) We were packed in like sardines. At least we had gorgeous blue skies and sunshine!

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Luckily Betty isn’t afraid of crowds. In fact, she was so NOT afraid that she ended up falling asleep in the stroller while we waited. I have no idea how considering that there was loud dance music blaring right next to us, but naps are so few and far between now that I’m not about to argue them regardless of where they occur.

Eventually it was our turn. I fired up my Garmin and we we went…

…absolutely NO WHERE.

So I know that The Color Run isn’t timed or anything. They were making a point to announce that fact at the start. But some people out there do want to run. This was made pretty near impossible during the first mile with people walking in huge packs and stopping dead in their tracks right in front of us.

I’m fairly certain that I wasn’t making any friends running with the stroller.

The course was much the same as last time with a few small changes, one of which was that the purple color station replaced with people that were dousing us in gallons of glitter. I have never seen so much glitter in my life. It was everywhere including in my sinuses. I sneezed and B snored her way through it.

In fact, she snored her way through pretty much the whole thing. Despite missing out on everything she was cheerful as we rushed toward the finish line. Start to finish it took us right around 27 minutes flat which was not bad at all considering that we spent a mile practically walking. We collected our shiny gold medal, cleaned up a bit, and headed over to the stage for the after party.

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I promise that she was much more enthused than she appears in that photo.

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See all that color? That’s what blowing my nose looked like for the rest of the weekend. We met up with Sara to the side of the stage at 10:15 because as Ambassadors we would be invited up on stage to assist in one of the color throws. This was definitely one of the highlights of my experience. I’m sure it was a highlight of Betty’s too. I got some an adorable short video of her dancing around on the stage. The ham doesn’t fall far from the tree, I guess.

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They announced our names and allowed Betty to do the countdown. Then I tried to get another photo, but I was so freaked out by the giant mushroom cloud of color coming straight for us that I temporarily forgot how to use my camera.

After the dust settled—into my sinuses, eyeballs, and all over my skin—it was time to pack up and head out. Milkshakes at Shake Shack were just what we needed to wash down all the cornstarch.

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One again The Color Run delivered with adorable photos. I think these might be some of my favorite race pics ever.

A huge thanks to them for welcoming us back to the Ambassador team! It was a blast! Apparently the next time The Color Run returns to Baltimore it will be for a night race. That might have to be a mommy’s night out event. 🙂

Have you done the Shine Tour? What did you think? Anyone else take any AWESOME race pictures lately?

Happy Thursday, all!

xo,

Salt

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Taste Some Rainbows! {Color Run Giveaway}

Unless you live completely off the grid and have had no Internet or other media access before ever in your life (in which case, how exactly are you reading my blog?) I’m sure you are familiar with The Color Run. Last year, my brother ran in one of the two events they hosted here in Charm City. He’s the one that is a budding photographer – and took some beautiful yoga pictures for me! – and as usual he had his camera with him to capture some amazing moments, including this one below. How his camera was not permanently damaged by all that color powder is beyond me.

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Whenever someone is starting out on their running journey, I always suggest signing up for a race to have a goal to work toward. The Color Run is the PERFECT event for a first timer. A 5K can be really daunting to someone who has never run before and they have the market cornered on how to get people out there moving. It is not timed so there’s no pressure. They don’t call this event “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” for nothing. I have not yet personally participated in The Color Run, but I know a LOT of people that have and 0% of those people reported having a terrible time. I mean, how could you have a bad time while pumped full of endorphins and having rainbows of colors thrown all over you!? I would think it’s pretty much impossible to NOT have fun doing this.

Well this year they are back again and doing something super special for 2014: The Kaleidoscope Tour! Color Runners – more than 1,000,000 strong worldwide and counting! – can expect unique attractions on the course, special entertainment, some super cool new swag, the patented epic festival at the finish (see awesome photo above) and of course getting more colorfully messy than probably ever before in their lives.

Check out all this cool new stuff you get when you sign up!

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That headband is legit. I’d wear it on any normal Tuesday.

Do you have a Color Run near you? Check out this handy map and find out where the tour is stopping this year, but get on it fast because these events are VERY popular and they do sell out quickly. Charm City – or Baltimore for those of you who aren’t from around here – is lucky enough to be hosting The Color Run again on April 19 and they already had to open up another time slot! Some cities are running special promos right now, but if yours isn’t one of them make sure to enter the code COLOR5OFF when you check out and receive $5 off your registration.

Or…you could just do The Color Run for FREE.

“But, Salt! How in the world do I do that?

Simmer down. I’ll tell you how. I have 2 entries to The Color Run that I want to pass on to one you! These will work for any city that isn’t already sold out. All you need to do is TELL ME YOUR FAVORITE COLOR in the comments below. Mine is purple. If you’ve been reading my blog for  awhile, you probably already knew that.

Then you can get other entries too by doing any or all of the following:

Click on the ROFLcopter below to take you to Rafflecopter.

roflThis giveaway will end at the stroke of midnight next Tuesday and the winner will be announced that day. Usually I like to run stuff like this for a full week, but my daughter turns 2 next Wednesday so I will be as far away from the Internet as possible that day. 🙂

AND the SPIbelt winner will be picked TONIGHT! I’m so excited to find out who it is! You have the rest of the day to enter so go HERE if you haven’t yet!

Have a HAPPY and COLORFUL day, everyone! The color of the day over here is white. White like all the snow that is falling from the sky right now. ::SHAKES FIST::

~ Salt