I was so excited when I found out The Color Run, aka the happiest 5k on the planet, was coming to St. Louis! Hubs and I signed up within the first week that registration was open.
The Color Run is more of an event, not so much a run. At least we felt like more of the 15,000 participants were walking than running, but we planned on that and so it was fun.
A lot of people had fun with it and dressed in white, but had accenting wigs, tutus, socks, etc. We saw one girl even running in her wedding dress.
So, you start out in clean white and the whole point is to get covered in color by the end. We lined up at the start at 8:00 am. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, 50 minutes later, we crossed the start line.
Each kilometer was a different color. So, at 1K we got red, 2K blue, etc. Since we were at the back of the group, there were actually lines at the kilometer color marks. And we even saw people rolling on the ground trying to get as much color as possible. I wonder if it started out as a legitimate run but has turned into more of an event. At any rate, we stood in line to get covered with the powdery color.
At the end, they have a huge party with fun music and everyone throws packets of color up into the air at the same time. It was a lot of fun and I would totally recommend doing it for something different.
I'm not sure the St. Louis Metro Transit system really appreciated the color run. It was full with people on our way home and the color probably made a mess, but it was really a cool thing. And the color comes off relatively easy...you have to scrub.
Look for the color run to come near you. Sign up and have fun - the money goes towards a local charity!