Color Run

I wanted to do the Electric Run at the end of November but it ended up not working out. I was a little late to purchase the online discount deal. I wasn’t willing to pay $40+ to run in the dark with awesome neon lights. Luckily I found a deal on Zozi.com for the Color Run and it was for $25 which was definitely more affordable. I saw some cool pictures that some people posted on Facebook from the previous Color Run and it looked like a lot of fun so I was excited about it.

BUT.

The Color Run was everything I didn’t expect it to be. Unfortunately, there were more negatives than positives. It should’ve taken me to get to Irvine Regional Park from Tustin Marketplace area in about 15-17 minutes. Instead, it took me 1.5 hours to park! Apparently 5,000 people signed up for it, hence the major traffic we hit!

Where we ended up parking was actually the midpoint of the race. Once we parked, we had to walk through the actual Color Run to get to the registration table. It was kind of a buzz kill to walk through the race and walk by the colored runners just so that we could get to the beginning of the race. In the picture below, people to the left are the runners and the ones on the right are the ones walking towards the registration table.

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After walking 1.5 miles to get to the registration table, we were able to get our number for the race. I showed them my confirmation email from my iPhone but they looked at it for a split second and didn’t even verify if I was really the person on the confirmation email!
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Within few minutes of starting the race, one of my friends got the color dust (made of corn starch) in his eyes! So it took about ten minutes to clear his eyes out. Luckily he had some water to wash out his eyes. There were probably several points in the course of the race where they had different colors of corn starch powder on the ground.

In order to get colored, you just had to pick up the dust and just throw it at anyone and everyone. That was pretty fun to do. Our rule was that you don’t throw the color at each others face. You can only throw the dust from top of the head and on the back. The reason being was for safety precautions. 20121225-135840.jpg</

The race probably took an hour to finish. We weren’t really running. There was definitely more walking and talking than running. After the race, we checked out the grassy area that had a bunch of food trucks. We barely checked out the food trucks knowing that they were super duper expensive. So we decided to hit up In-N-Out. It was definitely a good choice to go to In-N-Out. Eating there was probably the highlight of the whole Color Run experience.

Note to future self: Do not do Color Run ever again.

Note to anyone interested in Color Run:

  • Don’t do it. 
  • If you do it, get there super early especially for good parking. If you’re close to wherever the Color Run is held, make sure to leave your place 2 to 3 hours early.
  • Don’t wear contacts. If you do, wear goggles. Everyone should wear goggles actually.
  • Wear a mask to cover your mouth so that you don’t inhale the dust. It doesn’t taste good at all.
  • Bring a towel to dust yourself off after the race and so your car doesn’t get dirty.
  • Have a zippy for your cell phone if you plan to carry it.
  • Don’t do it.
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