By Emilie Chacon |Staff Writer|
The happiest 5k on the planet passed through San Diego on Nov. 3 at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Color Run is a colorful five kilometers where at every kilometer, the runners pass through a color station where a group of people throw a specific color powder on your white outfit: pink at the first station, yellow at the second, orange at the third, blue at the fourth and rainbow at the finish line.
The Color Run is not your average race experience.
Its main goals are to have fun by running, walking or even dancing to the finish line and not to forget, getting as colorful as you can be.
“I usually like to run at home as training,” said student Sophie Cote who attended the race. “When I heard about The Color Run, I thought that it would be so much fun to run while getting colored. I was looking forward to be as colorful as a rainbow.”
Like Cote, her friend and classmate, Valerie Beland, heard about the race back in October when the race was held in her home city of Montreal.
“I saw pictures of The Color Run on my Facebook feed page and I was a bit jealous that some of my friends had participate in an event as fun as this one. When I learned there was one race in San Diego, I registered right away,” said Beland.
Not only do runners have a blast at the race, but by registering for the event they also help a local charity, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of San Diego County. A portion of the registration money goes to the organization that sponsors the race in each city, so you are running and fundraising to local communities.
“It is good to know that I am helping while I am having a blast. It feels good,” said Beland.
At the finish line, the CSUSB girls were amazed by their experience.
“It was so fun! The five kilometers run felt like maybe one or two kilometers only. It went so fast,” said Cote.
When asked if they would recommend this activity, they all answered “Definitely!”
Student Marilyn Remillard added “You don’t even have to be in shape to enjoy your experience. As there is no timer, you can complete the race at your own speed without feeling rushed.”
There are many families with children who participated in the race, some still in strollers, some people were even in wheelchairs. No need to be an expert runner to participate!
As mentioned on their website, “Color runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes and speeds; but everyone toeing the start line has a blast. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the three miles of The Color Run course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life!”
The next race in southern California will be in Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 2013 and in Irvine on May 11, 2013. If you are interested and want to try this cool experience, you can register directly on The Color Race website at thecolorrun.com.