The life of the party.
I was lucky enough to be one of the participants of this “happy event,” which aimed to promote running as a healthy practice. But before I reveal my thoughts about it, let me explain the mechanics of the Color Run, which is really quite simple.
First and foremost, runners should be wearing white shirts during the run. And no, there are no severe punishments against not wearing white in the Color Run, but wearing any other color automatically tags you as a party-pooper! When runners complete a kilometer, volunteers reward them by throwing powder all over their body. The Color Run is an untimed race, so there’s no real pressure to get to the finish line in the shortest time possible. It is absolutely clear that promoters want to entice runners and non-runners alike to the event.
Let me just say that the idea of the powder-throwing is fun, but serious runners may encounter some issues during the run. Let me elaborate on this argument. I started running a few months before the Color Run, and this was actually my first big running event alongside thousands of people. Seeing that this was my huge running debut, I pressured myself to run the 5 kilometers as fast as I could. But I soon realized that my goals did not necessarily fit the event’s objectives. And that sweat and colored powder did not particularly make a sexy combination.