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The Color Run Racing Series: Highlighting Several Terrifically Enjoyable Races Around the USA
The Color Run Series theme is fun, health and fitness for 5K runs across the USA and beyond. Here is a look at the series with eight events from over 100 to show this series is all about FUN, and provides a great alternative to normal races, an event that is truly different. They have parties and celebrations with explosions of color at each event. This series is now famous as an innovative and always enjoyable workout and personal experience. Color it wonderful!

The Color Run Racing Series: Highlighting Several Terrifically Enjoyable Races Around the USA

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Saturday, 3 August, 2013

Every week across the country thousands of runners—veterans and beginners alike—gather in destination cities for a running event and series like no other—the Color Run a.k.a. the “Happiest 5K on the Planet”. This inventive series with the playful theme has become exceptionally popular, offering the opportunity for teams to participate with the same level of enjoyment of “mudder” or adventure runs but a playful, happy experience that will bring out the child in the most hardened athletes. They are all approximately 5K, they are untimed so there is no performance pressure; they all produce an explosion of color, and all start and finish with huge, mobile rainbow colored party.

We are concentrating on several individual events in outstanding destination cities as outlined below—seven out of an extensive calendar of events in the US and beyond. Let’s consider the Color Run in Boise, Idaho; Cincinnati, Ohio; Birmingham, Alabama; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Lawrence, Kansas; Austin, Texas; and Memphis, Tennessee.

One word of caution, however: Many of the events have sold out so be sure to register and prompt your team to register as soon as possible!

The emphasis is on fun; on the concept that running IS fun. The organizers of this event know running and racing—and how to enjoy the rewards and results. The Color Run was imagined and designed to be a completely different experience for those who have been there, done that on 5K, 10K, and half marathon races. Here runners opt to explore a whole new side of running as a sport—pure, unadulterated fun! Remember coloring books as a child? Well in the Color Run you are the character IN the coloring book, and the crayons definitely stray outside the lines. The entire field of participants is one moving, living, laughing canvas of color. And they know how to enjoy the run, and especially the party.

All runners, from the fleetest to the end of the pack, are treated as race and party guests.

Enjoy a series that has become a mainstay on the racing calendar for many. They list only two rules on the website:
1. Wear white at the starting line.
2. Finish plastered in color.
And to that we will add a third—join with your very colorful friends and have FUN!

There are details on the race website regarding registration, directions and parking, course information and maps, charities for giving back, prizes, volunteer opportunities, descriptions of each race, and a little about the history of the events, FAQ’s, race “rules”, and more. Please visit to sign up today for the Color Run in your region or at a cool destination you would like to visit to experience this awesome and innovative event.

Launched in early 2012, the Color Run has become the largest event series in the country with over 100 events and more than a million participants this year. They pride themselves on introducing many first-time 5K runners to the sport. Here are some great examples.

The Events
These races will provide different, distinct courses and locations representative of each destination. As participants run along the 5K course they will be doused with colored powder (cornstarch based) exploding all around and on each participant, especially at start, finish, and at each kilometer. This will be a running party, chance for camaraderie and lasting friendships, as well as an adventure series. There are no obstacles, no results, no pressure; only extraordinary color and fun. Each is open to individuals and teams (minimum of four-no maximum), and each gives back by supporting a local charity.

There will be advance packet pick up and/or late registration, usually two days before the event and in most cases at the local Sports Authority store. Each participant receives a bib number, color packet (additional packets are available), “tattoo” T-shirt, headband and sponsor goodies. Here is a brief description of each:

Boise, Idaho, August 24, 2013: Boise is a great university town. This event will start—waves begin at 9:00 a.m. -- and finish at Park Center Park, 250 East Park Center Boulevard right across the Boise River from the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center and the Idaho Botanical Garden, and not so far from the famous Oregon National Historic Trail. It will run mostly along East Park Center Blvd. to Baggley Park and return. The venue is just east of Boise State University and Bronco Stadium. The local charity partner is the Girl Scouts Silver Sage. Pickup in this case will also be the two days prior—11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days--at Sports Authority, 1301 North Milwaukee St. 83704. There is lots to see and do in Boise.

Cincinnati, Ohio, August 24, 2013: This one will run in downtown adjacent to the mighty Ohio River. Cincinnati has numerous and extensive parks along the river, and the many bridges are impressive crossing to Covington, Kentucky to the south. Runners will start with an explosion of color beginning with waves at 9:00 a.m. The event is between the river and the central business district with start and finish adjacent to Riverfront Park at 50 East Freedom Way, with a modified out and back. It runs mostly along Mehring Way, with loops on each end. The beneficiary is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Birmingham, Alabama, Labor Day, September 2, 2013: The Birmingham Color Run will start and finish at Barber Motor Sports Park, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in waves. Most of the course is within the park, including much of it on the track. It will run by the Barber Vintage Motor Sports Museum. It will be a three-day weekend and great time to enjoy Birmingham, city of steel. It should be a musical day in addition to a color day—the sponsors include WZZK 104.7 FM and Classic Hits 106.9, The Eagle radio. Check the schedule for pick-up and the pre race party. And enjoy the area following your run as you tour the Birmingham streets in your color suit of honor.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 7, 2013: What a unique and beautiful location for a run. The city sits astride the Rio Grand with the Sandia Mountains looming to the east. This is home to the University of New Mexico and a town with a long history as you can see with the adjacent Petroglyph National Monument (17 miles long, over 100 archeological sites and more than 24,000 carves images going back millennia); and the fascinating Old Town and evident Spanish heritage. It is a healthy city with a wonderful climate, dozens of parks and running/biking paths. The local charity partner is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. Race packets available at Sports Authority on September 5th and 6th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days.

Lawrence, Kansas, September 14, 2013: Lawrence is a small city with big city amenities, a center of education, arts and culture. It is a very vibrant town with a strong running community and over 50 parks. The race will run downtown with waves starting at 9:00 a.m. (near the Second Street Bridge) and it is basically an out-and-back southbound from the river at the edge of Burcham Park, and return parallel to the famous main thoroughfare, Massachusetts Street. Lawrence is home to two universities, the University of Kansas and the Haskell Indian Nations University. Two other gems worth seeing are the Spencer Museum of Art and the U.K. Natural History Museum. The charity partner for the event is VanGo, inc., an arts based social service agency serving the city’s youth.

Austin, Texas, September 14, 2013: This event is based, start and finish, at the sprawling 128-acre Travis County Exposition Center, a multi use facility that hosts concerts, horse shows, rodeos and just about every kind of event. Waves will start at 8:00 a.m. and traverse a course with many side loops. The area is about 15 minutes east of downtown and provides a great view of the city skyline with Decker Lake just to the north. The expo center is at 9100 Decker Lake Road with rolling hills. Austin is an island of education and culture and a delightful city in many ways. In this case the charity partner is Color Cancer, a fitting partner for the Color Run.

Memphis, Tennessee, October 26, 2013: Memphis is a city on the Mississippi that is famous as a crossroads of transportation and music creativity. There are so many big names in music associated with this town it is inspiring. The city is a hub of the south for air, rail, highway and river transportation. It has played a strategic role in east-west and north-south communications and commerce for years. It is the largest city on the Mississippi River. And here comes the Color Run!

This event will take place at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, with start and finish in the shadow of the huge facility. The course is a rectangular counter-clockwise loop. The stadium sits at 338 South Hollywood Street, 38104. Sports Authority will host the packet pick up at the 5895 Popular Avenue location, Memphis 38119.

They Won’t Promise You a PR, or Even a Race, but They Do Promise a Thoroughly Enjoyable Run
Just be there. No, you will not be timed. Go as fast or as easy as you like. Pick a city of your choice to experience at least one Color Run; then do more, just to compare and repeat the “Happiest 5K on the Planet”. This will be one of the most enjoyable weekly workouts you will ever do—even more so if you experience it as part of a team. Yes it is non-competitive, and participants very supportive of each other and want to see everyone enjoy it to the max. Be a part of it!

The Color Run is dedicated to providing the most fun possible--an enjoyable party atmosphere and a great, unique opportunity to play and let it all go!
They created a whole new run concept specifically designed for ALL runners—beginners and experienced alike—and a party in motion. What a colorful combination! Is it a race or a party? Is it a party or a race? You will have to run and attend to find out; see how “colorful” it can be.

It’s for anyone; and everyone is welcome, walkers and runners, whether they are running the first event or 1000th. You will definitely enjoy this innovative concept.

Gone Colorful! Hey, runners do, giving the series a whole new, fun, and rewarding dynamic. It has great venues and you can create your own fun as you move along. You can’t beat it! Let’s sign up and Party!

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