Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Colorful Day

Today was a day that the mil10s had been waiting for.  The Color Run was finally in Dallas.  The Color Run describes itself as "a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family."  Clothing starts out clean at the beginning, but at each kilometer runners are plastered with colored powder.  "Runner/walkers begin the 5k at the start line like a brand new pristine coloring book, they end looking like they fell into a Willy Wonka… tie dyed… vat of colored goodness."  Sounds like fun, right?

We were worried that the weather wouldn't be too cooperative, but it turned out to be dry and warmed up to about forty degrees come race time.

Our morning started early, so we had a few minutes to explore a couple of sights at Fair Park.  Malia and EK are ready to run!

When you are running water is a good idea, but sharing this massive water jug is just asking for someone to share ebola. 

Everyone was clean before the run!

mr. mil10 broke Color Run ettiquitte and didn't wear a white shirt.  But with colors like that, his shirt was practically begging to be worn at The Color Run.  Besides, how many places someone wear a neon green School Walk for Diabetes t-shirt?

mrs. mil10 and Malia sported their colorful socks.

Waiting for the race to begin was probably the hardest part for EK.

Here you see a group of people that have just passed through the end of the second kilometer.  Here people were liberally doused with pink powder.  

We saw mrs. mil10!

After the purple kilometer

Strangers kindly offered to take mr. mil10 and EK's picture.  We took theirs in return.

This is the view of stranger's legs as we crossed the finish area.  There was powder EVERYWHERE!

We did it!

Modie managed to bypass most of the color at the end of each kilometer, but EK did manage to splatter her with a bit of pink.

Notice the purple neckline and a pink forehead.  mr. mil10 still has a purple neckline and a pink forehead after showering and scrubbing.

A group shot! Color, color, color!

This is where the post run party took place. Each runner was given a bag of color before the race began.  Everyone was encourage to save them until after the race.

3, 2, 1, Now!  All of the runners that managed to keep their powder tossed it up into the air at the same time.  The color cloud was pretty neat to see.  Eventually all of the colors blended into a brown cloud not unlike a mushroom cloud.  You didn't really want to be standing downwind!

A post-run rest.  Again, the powder was everywhere.  The Color Run says the powder was safe to ingest.  It's a good thing considering how much was inhaled.  Sneezing color and purple Q-tips were just a natural part of the clean up!

Before loading into the car, we had to do a little clean up!

Before heading home, we made a quick trip to Twisted Root Burger Company in Deep Ellum.  Who knew that everyone else had the same idea.  At least we didn't look like complete weirdos going to eat covered in colored powder.  There were so many of us there that the people not covered in color were the ones that looked out of place.  On a side note, why can't every burger joint have a pickle bar and fresh sweet potato chips?

What did the mil10 think of  The Color Run?  Although the over-crowded color stations at the end of each kilometer probably slowed down the most serious runners, it was fine for us.  Of course part of the fun of the day was the novelty of getting pelted with colored powder, but it was messy.  Messy enough to not do it again?  Probably not!  All in all, it was a lot of fun for the whole family.

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