Atlanta Color Run Encore

Today I ran the craziest, most colorful 5K of my life: the Atlanta Color Run Encore, held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA in support of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. At the beginning of the event, I looked like this.

My brother Eric and me in black and white.

Three miles later, I looked like this.

Colorized!

This event is less about speed and more about having a wacky good time with friends and family – and literally thousands of perfect strangers. Here in Atlanta, we were blessed with a perfect day to be outdoors, sunny and warm. The atmosphere was pure party; there was an enthusiastic announcer who kept us organized at the beginning and the end of the race and loudspeakers blasting feel-good music from start to finish. The point, of course, was to become a cheerful mess, so at the conclusion of each kilometer, we were blitzed with powdered color (a cornstarch based formula, 100% natural and safe) by volunteers. But the real fun was at the finish line. Each participant received a color as part of the race packet and saved it until the end, where every fifteen minutes the announcer counted us down to a massive color throw producing a magnificent rainbow cloud that was a joy to behold. This video will give you some idea what the experience is like.

If you ever have the opportunity to participate in a Color Run – and they happen all across the United States; you can see the tour schedule HERE – grab it and go. You won’t be sorry.

My sister-in-law SeDonna, Eric and me.

We are already looking forward to next year!