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Color Me Happy

Posted on the 24 July 2013 by Accordingtoamber @sgwennu
Color Me Happy No, I didn't spell 'color' wrong! Promise. So, last Sunday Josh, Monica, Katelynn and I trekked all the way up to Manchester to take part in The Color Run. Whilst it is a 'run' it isn't timed or competitive in any way, and fantastic for first time runners.  After a 4 hour car journey and a week or two of having one hellova cough and chest infection I was not feeling up to much running, so I walked most of it. I wasn't the only one though, and there were plenty of pushchairs, wheelchairs and even people on crutches making their way around! 
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For every 1km mark we hit, we were pelted with coloured powders until we were all rainbow coloured! They certainly weren't stingy, and Monica ended up with a completely purple ear! They did run out of Orange by the time we arrived at the 4km mark though which was disappointing. 
Considering this event has been run several times a year for many years all over the world, I felt that it was really very disorganised. There was no signs for parking, and we weren't the only car to get lost. There we no signs to the start line and we really had to guess where we were going. 
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We arrived at the Start chute to some more confusion, as we saw some tents marked with 'Check in' but as we hadn't been told beforehand that we were supposed to register or anything we just joined the start line. No one checked if we'd paid or anything, and I saw quite a few people going around without official t-shirts or race numbers so I think a few people just sneaked in free wearing a plain white t-shirt. 
They staggered the starting times a fair bit, so we were standing in the chute for a good half hour. Luckily it was pretty cool on Sunday so we weren't getting scorched or too sweaty. I think because everyone was a little confused at what was going on, the atmosphere wasn't as hyped or exciting as I had imagined that it would be. And then we were off! 
Color Me Happy Any disappointment from the organisation of the event or atmosphere completely vanished when we started being pelted by coloured powders at the first 1km mark! It was such fun and really, was the shortest 5km I've ever run! I wish I'd been in a fitter state though as I would have loved to have run the entire thing.  Color Me Happy Color Me Happy We were pretty stocked to finish and can safely say that we loved The Color Run! I'm hoping that there will be one in Cardiff next year, which will be a little easier to attend, and despite the niggles, I can't wait to do it again next year, when I hope it will be a bit bigger and better organised!  Have you ever done a Color Run? 
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