So, on August 6, my girls and I ran the Color Me Rad race.
It was held at Canada Olympic Park in my city and due to very limited parking, they actually required everyone to take the CTrain to specific stations and then take a shuttle from there to the event. So that is what we did.
My husband came along even though he was not running and we put him to work as our photographer. Since there is a great deal of powder floating around, it is not recommended to use digital equipment, so the girls and I did not have our phones or cameras with us. We were sure glad hubby was there to capture the excitement for us. All photos here are courtesy of him. (Thanks Honey!)
The race was only 5K and not very intense. It was very family friendly and accommodated all shapes and sizes and fitness levels. It really is intended to just bring people together to have some fun. Although, it did feel as though the entire race was uphill. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that the course was located on a ski hill!
For the most part, the girls and I ran together. Their longer legs meant longer strides, which meant they would get a bit ahead of me, but then walk a bit until I caught up to them. I pretty much found my pace and chugged through the entire 5K, while they sort of sprinted then walked, sprinted then walked right until the end. Running with them did not make me feel old, but it does amaze me that they can just get out there and run with no training or working up to it. I couldn't do that at my age anymore...
We ran the course in about 25 minutes. There is no timer or race results as it really is just about having fun. At every kilometer marker there is a color station that you run through and each station has a different colored powder. So by the end of 5Ks, there is a grand mix of colors covering the entire body. It was interesting to see the differing reactions. Some runners tried to avoid the colored powder by dodging those who were intent on coating you, others actually stopped and let the powder throwers douse them to ensure that they would be entirely covered by the end of the course. I would say that I was somewhere in the middle. For me, it was about running, so I kept up my steady pace and if I happened to be a target, I let it happen.
I do have to say, though, that there is some satisfaction in coming to the end and assessing the amount of color that you acquired during the race. We all compared how much color we accumulated and where it happened to land. It was as though, that was the determiner of a successful race.
All three of us felt successful that day and went home feeling pretty pleased with ourselves. I was just tickled that my girls not only wanted to run in a race, but that they wanted to do it with me!
I am sure that we will be signing up again next year. Care to join us...?