On the bright and sunny morning of August 17th, the Briteskies Team RAD runners and I joined the wave. The 10:00 Color Me Rad wave that is! Upon pulling into the parking area in Akron, my heart was racing with anticipation. As far as the eye could see there were many clouds of beautiful color, much like a rainbow after a summer rain. Smiling faces of every age surrounded us as we prepared to take the starting line.
If you don’t know, Color Me Rad is a 5K that specializes in burst of color bombs and loads of fun activities for the entire family. From dancing to singing, to finally getting to throw things at your co-workers (with LOVE of course). Each section of the run adds a new beautiful color to your very white t-shirt. Whether you were running, jogging or walking, you definitely felt the love. Luckily, the bombs of colored powder are made of non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, gluten-free Kroger branded, colored cornstarch.
Everyone on the Briteskies team started off with a white Briteskies t-shirt, cool sunglasses, and even a RAD tattoo. The race was made up of several color stations (orange, blue, green, pink). At the first color station, we didn’t know what to expect. They sprayed us with colored water. That’s right, we were hosed down with colored water! We were hoping they were spraying fresh water to drink, glad we noticed beforehand! At the next two color stations, they bombed us with powdered colors. As we were approaching each station, picking up speed and getting ready to be blasted with colors was such a rush! The last station was more liquid spray color. Dark green, to be exact, yep that’s going to leave a mark! Coming down to the last half mile of the race, we were greeted by those who were ahead of us from our Briteskies team and our supporting families.
The run wasn’t about who came in first place, it was about supporting those you love and having a blast while doing so. Honestly, the time just flew by! The support, love and color bombing was the most amazing part of all! Who says you can’t have a load of fun with the people you work with day in and day out? The Color Me Rad 5K will prove you wrong! Finally, the adrenaline from all of the fun, bright smiles and loud laughter made me wonder why I waited so long to be a part of an event that brought so much happiness and joy to my life!
Color Me Rad, The most colorful run on the planet! Where a portion of the proceeds are used to support the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. See you next year!!