The Color Run Memphis Recap

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Back in July, I was given an entry into The Color Run Memphis and last weekend is when that event was held.  This is my first time to run in The Color Run or any of the color themed races that have become all the rage over the past couple of years.  I was registered for last year’s Color Run in Memphis, but a scheduling conflict caused me to miss the event.

The Color Run

The Color Run

The Memphis event was held at Tiger Lane which is the tailgating area adjacent to the Liberty Bowl.  It was a colder than expected morning, so I opted to wear my hoodie under my shirt.  Of course, I did not make this determination until after I arrived at the event.  I did not wear my Nike+ watch because I did not want it to be destroyed in the color stations, and since this was a untimed event, I have no clue how fast I completed the run.  The event is a 5K with four color stations throughout the race.  At each color station, you are covered with dyed corn starch.  After the race is over, you can go to the festival area for the Finish Festival, which is several runners throwing their color packets into the air.  This phenomenon leads to a gigantic cloud that you cannot see through.  The colors tend to blend together and the entire cloud ends up being black in color.  Most people come out of the cloud with color on their teeth and coughing a little bit.  The cloud and my asthma did not get along very well.  At the start of the race, everyone meets in the festival area where the MC/DJ hypes the crowd, gives out promotional items, and the crowd does some warmups.  When it was time to start, everyone participated in a giant conga line to the starting corral.  In the corral, there was more music, hyping, and swag giveaways.  With 5,000 runners, the wise choice of staggering the start was made, so every few minutes another group of runners were sent off.  And despite this being an untimed event, participants were still encouraged to run on the left and walk on the right, which was appreciated.

After the run

After the run

The race seems to be geared more to first time and non-competitive runners, which I am certain helps with participation.  The vast majority of the music played was not my preference (think Miley Cyrus and Pink), but several of the participants seemed to enjoy it.  The event is geared much more to group participation and people into the poppy genre of music and entertainment.  I ran into a friend from high school and his wife, and she absolutely loved the event.  She went to the Finish Festival multiple times and I am certain that she will participate again.

Course: A: It was a great 5K course, closely mimicking the Stars and Stripes 5K from July.  The color stations were spaced far enough apart to avoid bottlenecking, and they had an aid station as well.

The Color Run Swag

The Color Run Swag

Swag: B: All runners were given a t-shirt, temporary tattoos, color packets, and a headband.  At the event, backpack, fanny packs, sunglasses, beach balls, and socks were given out to random race participants.  I will say that this year’s shirt was much better than last year’s, both in looks and comfort.  In fact, since the shirt was so much better this year, I decided to wear last year’s event shirt so if I wanted to toss it after the event, I could.  On the course, bottled water was handed out, which was smart with all the color flying around.  At the end of the race, KIND bars were handed out.

Overall: B+: The event is well-organized and has a very positive atmosphere.  Participant enjoyment is very important to the organizers.  This is an amazing event for a first time runner or someone wanting a race free from worrying about pace.  Several people had iPhones or GPS watches with them, but I would not recommend carrying these items during the run unless you want them covered with color.

I would probably run this event again, but only if it was with a group of other runners.

I was given this entry into The Color Run, but this in no way influenced my review or enjoyment of the race.  Honestly, if I were not given the entry to the event, I was going to register for it anyway.

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Tupelo 14.2 Just Around the Corner

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I am not going to lie, I am getting a little antsy for my next major race.  It has been two days short of a month since my last traditional race, a 5K, and until this morning, it had been about three weeks since I ran my last virtual race, my very own Platinum Sombrero 5K.  This morning I ran the Jedi Challenge, but more on that in a second.  Virtual races are great to stay motivated for training, but they do not have the same feel that a traditional race does. The crowd, both spectators and participants, just get them adrenaline pumping.  Even the smaller 5K’s produce this feeling.  My next opportunity for this feeling will be in a couple of weeks when I tackle the Breakaway Bardog 5K.  But the race that I am really eager to run is the Tupelo 14.2.

It has been since the St. Jude Half Marathon back in December since I ran a race in double digits and I really want to get back out there.  I am sure a part of this is because I did not get the chance to run in what was originally slated to be my third ever half marathon in March at the Germantown Half Marathon.  But, I had a case of peroneal tendonitis flare up and sidelined me.  At least I was smart in my recovery and was able to get back into action quicker than expected and did not miss the Warrior Dash – Mississippi.

I officially booked my hotel for Tupelo yesterday and I watched a couple of YouTube videos about the race, trying to get a feel for it.  It is going to be early, 5:00 am to be exact, hot, and humid, I am sure.  The last week and a half of training runs should be preparing me well for that aspect.   All the reviews I find talk about how great of an event the race is.  This is a little surprising considering that this is a small race in a small, southern town in one of the hottest points of the year.  The mascot is a skull and crossbones that varies in design from year to year, often with a Grateful Dead inspiration.  The idea behind the skull and cross-bones is simple.  It is hot, and you feel like death by the end, this the skull and cross-bones.  I cannot wait to see what the medal looks like this year, even if the 14.2 medal is just literally half of the full marathon medal.

Jedi Challenge Medal

Jedi Challenge Medal

I ran the Jedi Challenge as my training run this morning.  I was hoping to miss the heat, but there was no avoiding the humidity.  When I took my first step at 6:03 am this morning, the humidity was only at 91%!  By the time I finished my 4.33, it looked like I had taken a swim in a pool.  I even had the dreaded nipple chafing issue that usually only rears its ugly head on my long runs in this max humidity.  So that has been fun to deal with today.  The humidity and fact that I always start a little sluggishly in the morning resulted in a 10:08 pace for the race.  Also, this was a virtual run that I did not intend t participate in, but when some extra medals were discovered, I went ahead and gave it a shot.  I love the saying on the medal, and I must say that the light saber really looks good.

On a side note, my raffle for a free entry in The Color Run is still ongoing.  You can enter here.

The Color Run

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The Color Run

The Color Run

Over the past week, I was presented with an opportunity that I would like to share with you.  The Color Run has given me a $5 off promo code, COLOR5OFF, to share with all of you that will be good for any race that is still currently open.  I have a race registration that will be raffled off to a lucky reader, but more about that in a minute.

What exactly is The Color Run?  Well, for starters, it is known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, so it has that working for it!  But furthermore, it is an event that promotes healthiness, happiness, and charity.  The Color Run is a 5K, but do not let that moniker intimidate you.  5K is simply the distance for the event.  You do not need to run a sub 7:00 mile to enjoy The Color Run.  In fact, you should leave your GPS watch at home because this will be an untimed, fun run.  You are out there to have a good time, not run at a good pace.  There are only two rules for The Color Run, which are wear white and finish plastered in color.  And do not worry about wearing white after Labor Day (if your chosen event falls then), we won’t tell your mom.

The Color Run is a very accommodating race with nearly 70 locations still open for participation!  If you are wondering if there is a location near you, the simple answer probably is yes, there is a Color Run near you.  Visit The Color Run page to see all of the locations.  All of The Color Run events tend to sell out, so you need to register ASAP to guarantee a spot in the event of your choosing.

$5 off promo code

$5 off promo code

Another great feature of The Color Run is the ability to run as a team.  You may register a team of four or more runners, and each runner will get a $5 discount on their race registration.  And this team designation does not disqualify you from the above mentioned promo code (COLOR5OFF), so after you apply that, your registration fee will be discounted by $10!  You simply find at least three friends, come up with a creative name, and register as a team rather than an individual.   You know that you will have more fun running with a team rather than by yourself!

Be a Color Runner

Be a Color Runner

Another phenomenal aspect of The Color Run is that they choose a local charity at each location.  And with the lineup of cities, the list of charities helped is quite extensive!

Sign up today by picking your desired location (provided that it is not sold out) and also enter my raffle for a free race entry!  Do not worry if you win the entry, just give it to a friend so they can run with you!