Today was the first Color Run in Grand Rapids, and I must say it was marvelously organized. Two days of packet pickup before race morning made the lines very manageable for those from out of town.
Crowds in White Walking to the Run
Race headquarters was held at Calder Plaza downtown. Throngs of people in white and often colorful tutus converged on the plaza. I hear that there were 10,000 of us in attendance.
The Before Shot
Runners were released in waves of about 1000. Even with that spreading out, the crowds remained dense on such a short course (5k). It felt like the Chicago Marathon only with more dedicated walkers.
Starting Line Area
Soon we hit the first kilometer and thus the first color station. Race workers squirted us with color powder out of plastic bottles - one color at each of four stations. I was a little disappointed in the amount of color that I got hit with, but it turns out I kept running through the low-color sections. Oops!
After the Run...But More Color to Come
I needn't have fretted though. After crossing the un-timed finish line, we waded into the crowd of finishers for a mass color toss. Together, each runner threw our very own packet of color in the air creating a huge rainbow cloud and showering everyone in new hues.
The Aftermath of a Color Toss
The hubby and I acquired some extra packets of color ensuring a thorough dousing for all around us. What a blast! I hope the event returns next year.
The After Shot
After meeting up with our friends again, we walked to a BK for some food. I feel bad for all of the coffee shops and restaurants in town. Their staff will be wiping color off of their booths and bathrooms for days!