This post is a month overdue, and for that I apologize! The Shine series is continuing for a bit, so I think it’s still relevant.
The Color Run was back in Asheville last month. In true July fashion, my husband was traveling and I decided to run this race with our son. (He did it with me last year and had a blast…primarly because Carol was with us, but she’s in Ohio now and we’re all sad.)
I made sure I had a bracelet to get in line at 7:45 on Saturday morning. I did not want to be towards the end – this race gets so crowded and my son doesn’t do crowds. Plus, I really did want to run a little. I found some work colleagues and they let me join their group, which was really nice. (We lost them about halfway through, but I saw them at the very end.)
Thankfully the blue station was water this year, versus the intense powder that forced me to throw away my shoes last year.
Pink was a blast (and SO PINK!)
The course is hilly (almost every course in Asheville is hilly.) And above is a look at the runners who were just starting as I was finishing. So many people.
The Shine portion came at the very end just before crossing the finish line. The volunteers had done so well throughout the race, only getting a little color on my boy and his stroller (so as to not ruin the stroller…or him.) I told them they could get him a little with the glitter – and they dumped the glitter in his lap.
I had a sheen on my hands (and face.) It was….odd.
It’s been a month and I am still finding glitter in my house. The stroller hasn’t been used since that race. I’m a little bitter, but I also knew to expect something like this.
Thankfully we found the #ShoutItOut station on our way out. This guy sprayed the stroller, and got some of the glitter/powder off of it.
Splasheville was not open that morning, so we rode back to the house, skipping the after party, and got cleaned up.
If you’re considering running a Color Run, might I suggest…..
- Signing up for an early start slot. This made a huge difference for us. Last year we were waiting for about an hour and this time it was just minutes.
- Run with friends. It’s so much fun with friends.
- Wear sunglasses! You don’t want the color in your eyes.
- Take an extra change of clothes. AND a towel for your car. Guess who still has glitter in her car’s seats? (That would be me.)
- Take before and after photos!
Have you ever run a Color Run?
**I was an ambassador for the Color Run in Asheville. My entry fee was waived, but I wasn’t asked to write this post and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was exchanged.