I have to admit, I had zero interest in running the Color Run when I heard it was coming to Tallahassee. I have been to my fair share of Day Glo parties in college (don’t judge) so I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the $45 registration fee. But apparently I am in the minority because the Tallahassee Color Run had over 3000 registrants!
The Color Run contacted Girls on the Run Big Bend and offered to donate money for each volunteer we recruited to help at the Color Run so I decided I could at least do that.
We had no idea what we would be doing as volunteers but when we showed up we were handed blue shirts and told that we would be Smurfs by the end of the day. I was happy with this because I am a huge fan of the Smurfs and blue really brings out my eyes.
My biggest concern for the day was keeping the color (corn starch+dye) out of my hair since blondes tend to have
more fun a harder time washing the color out of their hair. I don’t spend 2 hours in a salon bleaching my hair to have it turn blue thankyouverymuch.
They provided masks for us but it was super large for my face so I stuck with a bandana. I can not imagine running/volunteering for this event without a mouth covering of some sort. I could taste the powder all day even through my bandana. Yummm.
We were the first station which meant that our runners were bursting with energy and begging for color. So we gave it to them. We had mustard bottles that flung color with a gentle flick of the wrist but every once in awhile we got caught up in the fun and burst a few people with a pound of blue powder.
Luckily people come to the run looking to get as colorful as possible so this just made their run better I think I spent a solid hour in a blue cloud unable to see my own hand.
Once the last runners went through the station, we started to clean up. This was also when we realized exactly how blue we were.
We all joked that there is a good chance I will be my own something blue for the wedding because there is no way all this color is ever coming off.
After we cleaned up we walked to the finish party where we were greeted with even more color.
As much as I was against the Color Run before, this was a great event and every single person we saw was having an absolute blast. There was color and music everywhere and people were just happy to be there.
The run started at the Leon County Civic Center and headed toward FSU then looped back to the Civic Center. I am pretty sure there were a few college students that were not pumped about us blasting old school rap (each color station plays a different genre of music) at 8am outside of their apartment windows but what can you do
They claimed the color would not get on our car when we drove home and would come out of all our clothes (both true). However, it took more than a dip in the pool to get the dye off.
It took a lot of soap and a lot of scrubbing but we eventually started to look less Avatar-like and more human…except for my toes and cuticles which for some reason are still slightly blue. Also, when I blew my nose it looked like I squashed a Smurf.
The Color Run ended up donating almost $1000 to GOTR Big Bend so a little bit of blue boogers seems like it was worth it….also we had soooo much fun! I am a Color Run convert.
Ever do a Color Run? Paint Run? Day Glo?
Ever volunteer for a race?