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The Color Run: The “Happiest 5k on the Planet”

Posted by Hughes Group Blog Team on Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 6:41pm.



You’ve never called yourself a runner. In fact, you’ve never really run before. Sure, you’ve heard about 5k races and marathons, but you’ve never participated. You have that friend that participates in the races, so you know how hard you have to train and prepare. While it does sound kind of fun, it also sounds like a lot more work, and a lot more pain, than you’d ever want to subject yourself to.

But here you are. You’re surrounded by hundreds, maybe even thousands of people. And you’re all wearing white. The race is about to start, but you don’t see a serious face between anyone. They’re all smiling, and so are you. The race starts, and you’re off. No one takes off in a sprint. Everyone’s just enjoying themselves. Before you know it, you’re at the first kilometer marker. And then the fun really starts. Color starts to fly, a fine powder of colored cornstarch. As the colored powder comes near you, you plunge in too, catching the bright color on your white shirt. And this is when it really hits you. You’re having a blast.

As you pass each kilometer marker, more colors are thrown, and when you reach the finish line you, and everyone else, are covered from head to toe in bright colors. As you stop to catch your breath, it sinks in. You just finished a 5k. That’s just about three miles. And you had fun doing it. The smile on your face mixes in with the rainbow of colors and other smiles from everyone else around you. This is the Color Run, and it’s quite possibly the “happiest 5k on the planet.”

It’s All About Fun

Back in March of 2011, the Color Run began. It was created as an event to get more people interested in participating. It throws the stopwatch out of the window, and it doesn’t care how long it takes, or even how you cross the finish line. Instead, it was created around two incredibly simple rules. Wear white, and finish covered in color.

And, of course, it helps that the Color Run has the best after party ever. When you finish the race, the fun doesn’t stop. You’ll be able to enjoy music, dancing and having a good time, plus you’ll be able to throw around a lot more color. At the end of the day, you’ll feel great. You had a blast participating, the colors made everything so much fun, and you were able to enjoy the event with a ton of other people, all having a great time as well.

The Color Run in Boise

When it first began, the Color Run attracted runners well into the low six figures. Now, years later, it is drawing millions of participants. The best part is that there are Color Run races all over the country, and the world. There are around 300 Color Run races throughout the year. It’s a widely popular event, and it even comes to Idaho. You can experience the unique 5k for yourself when it comes to Boise, so get ready to sign up.

The Color Run has also spurred other color races, and they show up in Idaho Falls and Rexburg. While there are other races, the Color Run is the original. So head on over to their website, and check out what cities they’ll be in, and when. This is one 5k race you won’t want to miss. So grab your gear, some white clothes, and get ready to enjoy the “happiest 5k on the planet.” You’ll be glad you did.

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