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Since I’ve changed my focus to races that are outside of the norm and off the beaten path, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about color runs. It seems there are mixed opinions about the validity of such a “race” (not hardcore enough for the OCR crowd, and just plain silly for the road racing crowd), so much so that it was even the topic of the Editor’s Letter for the June 2013 issue of Runner’s World. (I know, I know, can’t we all just get along?) While the editor, David Willey, seems to think the color run is a passing fad, just like obstacle course racing (I’ll hold my opinions), there is no denying the immense popularity of the color runs that have burst onto the scene (no pun intended). I for one, think color runs are a fantastic idea for getting people off the couch, becoming active, and having FUN. But the truth is…I’ve never run one. So while I can give you generic tips, I thought it would be fun to hear from someone who has experienced a color run. While you are reading this, I am Pittsfield, likely covered in mosquito bites, so I’m handing it over to Sylvia. Enjoy, and I’d love to hear your opinions/thoughts/questions/concerns regarding color runs in the comments below.
Hello! My name is Sylvia and I blog at Frolic Through Life. While Heather is volunteering at the Spartan Death Race (so badass!) she asked if I could tell you guys about my experience with the Color Run and share some tips on how to survive your first one!