So you’re considering running/walking a Color Run…what should you expect? And what should you plan for? I just posted a review of the Color Run I did and now I have a few tips (things I wish I had known or thought about earlier.)
1. Buy some cheap sunglasses. I purchased case of neon sunglasses (that’s an affiliate link) from Amazon. They were $6.50 for 12 pairs and I gave them out to friends (and a couple of strangers during the race – they looked like they could use them.) They were not high quality, but they were worth the cost.
2. Keep your phone/keys in a plastic bag. I brought two sandwich bags to keep my ID/credit card/phone in (I had my ID and credit card in case we wanted to buy something at the Color Store which was on-site. I did not buy anything since I’d already shopped at their store on Thursday, at race pick-up.) I let Carol use the second bag.
3. Where your worst running shoes. Shoes you don’t mind tossing or using for just yard work after. I have three pairs of running shoes. One pair is for running. One is for workouts/walking. One pair is for yard work. I went with the workouts/walking pair in this race and they are destroyed. My feet were so dark blue when I took my shoes and socks off!
4. Keep a towel or change of clothes in your car for the ride home. The corn starch will come out of your clothes, but I’d hate for you to ruin the interior of your car.
5. Take your kid to a splash pad. We visited Splasheville following the race and all of the color came right off my son and his clothes. (Except for the color on his eyes. See the next tip.) The splash pad was magical.
6. Makeup remover towelettes work wonders for the color on your face. Or on your child. (My son had blue all over his eyes after he rubbed them. The towelettes were gentle enough for him, but did the job.) I also used eye makeup remover on my feet.
7. Regular soap with a bath loofah or bath pouf will get a lot of the color off. Your clothes shouldn’t stain. In fact, I waited several days before washing my Color Run shirt and it came out super clean. There’s not one sign that it went through all of that colored corn starch.
8. Have FUN! This is the race that promotes themselves as the #Happiest5k. I’m inclined to believe them!