Adventures in Brooklyn: The Color Run 2012

Months ago, a friend of mine posted a link to the Color Run on one of her various social media profiles. It looked like fun, so I kept it in mind, although they hadn’t yet announced the dates for the New York run. Months flew by, and friends in other cities participated and took pictures. My “I’ll keep it in mind” turned to “must. sign. up.” and I was lucky enough to sign up for this Saturday before it completely sold out.

For those that haven’t heard of it, the Color Run is (self-proclaimed as) “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”. The rules are simple: go at your own pace, and at each kilometer mark friendly volunteers attack your pristine clothing with different colored powders. The powder itself is essentially corn starch and food coloring, so it was safe for hair, skin, and (as I found out the hard way) getting in your mouth and contact lenses. The proceeds from registration went to two charities: the Police Unity Tour and Tuesday’s Children.

Rather than posting a long-winded review (you know I love to do that), I’ll keep it short and sweet. And then I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Task: Summarize the Color Run in 25 Words or Less.

Drove to the far reaches of SE Brooklyn clean as a whistle, got pumped by enthusiastic volunteers, jog-walked and had a blast at 8AM.

24 words. Boom. Jog-walked helped.

On to the pictures. Just the colorful ones, the ones of us in plain t-shirts aren’t as exciting. Beware: germophobes need not apply. Howie Mandell and Mark Summers, I’m talking to you.

Sidenote: Isn’t it crazy that Mark Summers is actually a germophobe? With all of that slime he used to be around on Nickelodeon? Crazy.

Hitting the finish line. We were fairly covered already but it just got better from there.

Getting ready for the post-race color throw!

The ground was fairly well covered.

The beau and myself, happy and colorful.

Rainbow arms.

So, all in all, a great time! If you’re interested in participating, the remaining schedule for this year can be found here. And if you missed it in your city, it looks like they’re already slated to return to most of the places (including NYC) in 2013. Or, if you can’t wait that long, perhaps you can get a few friends together to run around spraying each other with food-coloring-corn-starch mixtures. That’s almost the same thing.


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