A day prior to The Color Run, there was a check-in party. This was held at the Cricket Wireless in Smyrna, GA. I went and picked up my participant packet, meet other runners and get cool gear for the race. After attending, this small gathering, I was so hyped for the race. I did not expect to “dress up” but after meeting everyone and hearing how much fun it would be, I decided to go all out with my Color Run gear.
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Here’s what you need to know based on my first time experience at The Color Run.
Arrive early: As mentioned in my previous post on how to prepare for the color run. It is so important that you get to your location as early as possible. There are so many people registered for this event so you want to make sure that you secure parking and not have to feel rushed. Atlanta is known for traffic so we arrived at Six Flags around 7:30 am which gave us a half hour to get to the start line, stretch, chat with other runners and of course, snap before photos!
You don’t have to be a runner: Although I knew that you didn’t have to be a “professional runner” just hearing the term 5K sounds intimidating but trust me, you do not have to be a runner. They emphasized that runners stay on the right while people who chose to walk stay to the left. Granted I had no idea that I would be running through the actual theme park, it was pretty narrow in some areas for people to stay on there designated sides, however, that didn’t seem to bother anyone. Everyone was extremely patient with one and other.
Protect your face: From start to finish, there will be colored powder being thrown at you left and right. Now, I will say, it is every couple kilometers that you will encounter the stations where you get color thrown on you. Heres a tip, if you want a lot of color on you, run on the outer part and they will get you really good. If you don’t want too much color, stay in the middle. I highly suggest wearing sunglasses (sunny or cloudy) and cover your nose and mouth. I promise the color will get everywhere so be prepared. No worries, the color washes off very easily and there are blowing stations at the end.
Save your color packet: If you get a color packet before, do not use it until after you get to the finish line. I know it will be tempting to open it up and throw it all around but, I promise, you will regret using it before because, after the race, there is a huge party where you will be able to throw color all around and to be honest, this is the best part of the color run.
Lastly, HAVE FUN! The Color Run is all about celebrating life, being healthy and having the best time ever!
I can’t put into words how much fun The Color Run is. It is one of those events that you must experience at least once in your life with friends and even family. Keep in mind that children are welcome to this event but in my opinion, I do suggest that they are at least five and up. I wish I was able to bring my toddler along but it would have been too messy however, I did see people with strollers with their younger ones. It’s a personal preference but just know that everyone is welcomed!
Be sure to follow my Instagram account and look under my story highlights for The Color Run to see my experience first hand. I am truly thankful for the team at the Color Run for reaching out to collaborate with me and allowing me to experience and document my Color Run experience.
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