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The Color Run. Do it. And be happy.

2013 August 27
by Emily Hill

Have you heard of The Color Run?

Perhaps I should ask if you’ve seen The Color Run—it’s rather hard to miss when you’re talking thousands of people from age 2 to 82 covered head to toe in a rainbow of colored chalk.

In fact, it looks something like this:

Three days ago the girls and I participated in our very first Color Run.

Fun doesn’t even begin to cover the awesomeness that is a 5k filled with people of all ages, shapes, sizes and running ability sporting purple hair, pink arms and blue thighs.

I may have sported green armpits for a good 36 hours after the race.

Here we are in our pristine white t-shirts before The Color Run.


The Color Run

Note our super fashionable socks courtesy of my sister.


The Color Run

Even the starting line was a party complete with music, early chalk-throwing and the national anthem.


The Color Run

The Color Run

Those white shirts didn’t stay white very long. To mark every kilometer, we had to make our way through a different color station. I didn’t dare take my phone out of its Ziploc bag to document the chaos, but I did take it out to document these awesome chalk angels.


The Color Run

After crossing the finish line, we enjoyed a few minutes of the Finish Festival and a few more packets of colored chalk to celebrate healthy living, an underlying theme of The Color Run.


The Color Run

We’re already looking forward to participating in next year’s Color Run. We may even sport tutus and tiaras. Or rainbow suspenders. Or all three.


The Color Run

The find out if (or when) The Color Run is coming to your city, visit TheColorRun.com/locations/.

I highly recommend participating in The Happiest 5k on the Planet. We’re totally taking George and Livi next year; they’re so excited they can hardly stand it.

I’m a firm believer you can never have too much happy.


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  1. August 27, 2013

    I ran in Color Me Rad this weekend (same idea, different group). I agree, it was awesome! My 6 year old ran with me and LOVED it!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I did that race last year with my sister. It was such fun!
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  2. Jennifer permalink
    August 27, 2013

    I love the Color Run! Definitely an experience I would love to have again. Your pictures are super fun!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Perhaps you can organize your Utah visit around the Color Run next year. ;)
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  3. August 27, 2013

    Such a good, clean (errr…colorful) family activity for sure. My kids LOVED it and although they were a bit nervous about what to expect…ended up having an amazing time. They felt like they really accomplished something big…like “running” three miles! We for sure will do it again next year and bring along the 5 year old this time. So fun to see you my friend! Love your fun socks!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I’m thinking you need a pair of fun socks next year. And I’m pretty sure we need to jog it, though my family may not agree. :)
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  4. August 27, 2013

    Remind me to do this with you next year. Savannah and I had talked about doing it this year, and I promptly forgot. :)
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I totally will! It is so much fun! Then we can go for breakfast after and have everyone look at us strangely. ;)
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  5. August 31, 2013

    You + me + tutus, suspenders, and tiaras next year. It’s gonna be MAGICAL. Let’s throw a unicorn in there too…because, why not?! Love that you had so much fun!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Hmmm…I wonder if we can find unicorn horn tiaras. Now THAT would be the icing on the chalk-flavored cake!

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