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.



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!


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.


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


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.


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.



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!




Shiny happy people…RUNNING! {The Color Run Giveaway!!}

Just a quick post today because I’ve been running around like a headless chicken for the past 24 hours trying to get everything together for our trip in the morning, but I have a very special giveaway just in time for the weekend!

It’s been a Color Run-derful week around here anyway and shortly after I posted about how Betty and I would be Baltimore Elite Ambassadors again for the event in May I learned that not only will there be glitter and bling this time around, but there will also be FREE RACE ENTRIES (2 of them to be exact) for one of the fantastic people who read my blog!

YAY! Giving away race entries is my favorite.

First, let’s revisit some of the fun details of The Color Run 2015 SHINE TOUR!

If you haven’t seen the glitter-filled promotional video yet, it can be found here. This year The Color Run is back with special sparkle attractions, glam photo ops, and a Finish Festival that is shiner and more exciting than ever! All participants will receive some special surprises including a custom Race tee, a blinged-out gold finisher’s medal (WHAT!?), glitter pack, gold tattoos, and more!

If you have done The Color Run before, you probably know how much fun it can be and if you haven’t, now is the time to try it! And just maybe you can do this for FREE! Here’s how…

Leave a comment below telling me your favorite color. And whether or not you like glitter. I hope you do because apparently there’s going to be a lot of it there. 

There are some additional ways to enter as well and I have them all laid out in a Rafflecopter for your (and my) convenience. The winner will receive 2 comped entries to The Color Run in the city of their choice (as long as that city is not sold out and it is not closer than a week in advance). If the city of choice has not opened their registration yet,  I encourage you to sign up for the VIP mailing list to receive updates on when it does and I will get you the codes as soon as it goes live. Here’s your Rafflecopter link:

Shiny happy people at THE COLOR RUN Giveaway!

Way too excited about this and don’t want to wait to see if you’ve won? Today until February 15, you can sign up with the code below for $5 off. After February 15 I will have another one to pass on.


Good luck to everyone that enters and I hope to see some of you at the Baltimore event!