Today I was lucky enough to participate in The Color Run! As far as I know, the originally American event is making its first tour of Australia and Perth got a piece of the action this morning. I was lucky to have signed up early, because the event ended up completely sold out! I started the morning early by heading to my friend Thuy’s where a small group of us took photos and pumped ourselves up for the fun morning ahead.
We caught the bus and headed down to Langley park in the CBD with thousands of others. It was great to see people running around in crazy outfits and identical Color Run gear.
In the end there was a group of about 10 of us sticking together as best we could. Thuy, our other mates and I skipped, danced, jumped, jogged, walked and occasionally ran our way through the 5k course. At every k, enthusiastic volunteers shook bottles of colorful powder at us. After the first k (the color blue), we quickly realized we’d need to run right up to the Color Run crew as we went to ensure maximum color coverage.
All in all it was a fantastic morning. We had a blast and it went by way too quickly. At the end of the race we were given a bag of color powder each to be thrown in a group colorfest at the stage at the end of Langley Park. They counted down until we all threw our dust in the sky together. Thousands of us gathered and it was a beautiful five seconds of color flying up into the sky, before cascading down upon us in a cloud of deep red, green and pink. The vibrant haze it created was breathtaking both figuratively and literally. (It’s quite hard to see or breathe when standing in a giant fog of color dust.)
After catching the bus back to Thuy’s, I hustled home to show Matt how much fun I’d had. He took this lovely picture for me before I commenced a very long scrub session in the shower. There are still traces of the dust between my toes and on my neck and elbows. I kinda like it there…
Check out The Color Run to see when it storms into a town near you! (Mpls peeps, it’s coming this summer, don’t miss it!!)