Color Run gives 5k a twist


Nancy Smith

Runners hanging out at the Finish Festival, covered in colorful evidence of their adventure.

The Color Run which claims to be the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” came to South Bend on October 5th.

The Color Run is an excellent way to participate in a five kilometer (5k) run/ walk, instead of taking the traditional route.

A 5k is approximately three miles, which may seem like a pretty long way to run, but the idea behind this run is to make the run seem like a fun event, instead of a chore.

It does not matter how you prefer to tackle the run. You could run, walk, juggle while you walk, or finish by any other means.

Because the Color Run is for fun and exercise and not for competitive purposes, the run is not timed.

There are no finishing medals or first place ribbons, only thousands of people having a great time.

Present at the race were people wearing tutus, families with small children, parents pushing strollers, groups of college friends, grandmas and grandpas, a group of Amish runners, and a lot of early Halloween revelers, all dressed predominantly in white at the start of the race.

The idea of the Color Run is that every kilometer, people working the event completely douse the runners in various colors as they pass by.

At each kilometer, runners were met with what seemed like a bright paint-like substance.

The ‘paint’ thrown at runners is actually a food grade cornstarch, dyed bright green, blue, pink and yellow.

Runners were welcomed differently at each station. Each of the four stations was a different color: yellow, pink, blue, and green.

Runners entered the pink station under an inflatable arch and were entertained with music and people greeting them and cheering them on.

At the green station there was music blaring and Irish dancers were dancing away to encourage the runners to keep going and finish strong.

At one point on the course, the participants had to cross over a bridge. If runners looked back they could see a huge cloud of color rising into the air.

Finally, the finish line was in sight. At the finish area, the runners gathered with color packets in their hands.

The people running the Color Run called this part of the festivities the Finish Festival. Where every ten minutes or so, the crowd would have a color drop

During each color drop, the announcer would count down to one and the crowd would toss the color packets into the air.

At first, the air was really colorful and pretty. Then the colors mixed and from the outside all the mixed color resembled a watercolor painting.

Finally the colors blended together to become a big mush.

The air was so dense with color, that runners standing in the middle of the color drop found it impossible to see their hand in front of their face for a few seconds.

Senior Hailey Tylisz says “it was different than any other 5k I’ve done, and I liked how upbeat it was.”

If you are a person who enjoys being splashed in color, just having a ton of fun, or if you are looking for something different to take part in, then the world’s happiest 5k—a Color Run would be the perfect thing for you.

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