21 May 2013

The Color Run

Yesterday, I signed up for this year's Color Run. Originally an American idea, it's a five kilometre (three miles to us Brits) race that is less about the time across the finish line and more about the time you spend doing it. Participants (60% of which are first-time runners, like me!) wear white and, at every kilometre mark, are doused from head to toe in different colours. Once over the finish line, there's a mini-party 'Color Festival' and it doesn't matter how long it takes you to reach it, or even how you reach it, because it's all about the experience.

Now, being someone who doesn't run for the bus, hasn't stepped foot in a gym for years and manages a few days of the 30 Day Shred before getting distracted, it's a bit of an unexpected step. Sure, 5 kilometres isn't a big deal (I have a couple of friends who regularly run marathons) but I figured that this would be a perfect way to ease myself into somewhat of a strenuous activity (for me, anyway) alongside some of my pals.

The London Color Run is happening on 14 July, near Wembley. There's one the following week in Manchester and they're hoping to add more locations and dates this summer. It's £25 entry, with support going to Stand Up For Cancer and Cancer Research UK, and you get to be that person covered head to toe in colours grinning all the way home.

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