It was going to be really cool to run with the Chevy team and about a week before the event we were treated to a special Colour Kit compliments of Chevrolet Canada that had some cool little goodies in it for our race. The white Chevy hat would be perfect for race day along with some sunglasses, a water bottle, a pedometer and reuseable shopping bag. There was also a handwritten note welcoming me to the team and some further instructions for race day.
I ran a different colour event last year so I knew a little bit of what I was in for at The Color Run. My clothes didn't exactly get ruined last year but I still didn't want to wear my very best run clothes either. The night before I spent quite awhile going through my run gear, finding just the perfect outfit...
|My trusty Target knee-high socks have been to quite a few runs!|
A colour run seemed like the perfect place to crack out my rainbow tutu for another spin. Underneath I had white shorts and on top I had a white tank. Last year my shirt was the only thing that didn't come clean so this year I picked an old cotton tank that I could just throw out afterwards and not feel bad.
The next morning I was up fairly early and headed off into town. The race was being held at the PNE Fairgrounds and I still had to pick up my race package. While I was waiting in line, one of the other Team Chevy members texted us where to meet her.
|This is the scene at the PNE Fairgrounds before the race|
I headed over to meet up with her once I had my stuff and we hung around for a bit waiting for the other ladies to show up. Turns out my outfit was just right, I ended up getting lots of comments from people about the tutu. Apparently tutus are the perfect thing for at The Color Run!
|I know, it looks like I'm not wearing any shorts, but I promise|
there are white shorts under that tutu!
I also decided to wear an older pair of shoes for this race. The colour doesn't exactly wreck the shoes but it can be tricky to get out of all the nooks and crannies in the mesh. I rooted through my Mizuno stash and found an older pair of Wave Riders...
Before too long the group had assembled - Team Chevrolet Canada was ready to go! Initially I wasn't sure who would be on the team but it turned out to be such a nice group of ladies! Clockwise from left to right we had: Myself, Bianca, Janelle, Alyssa and Amber. I actually already knew Amber from the Vancouver Top Blogger events so it was nice to see a familiar face!
|The lovely ladies of Team Chevrolet Canada!|
The course was set up so that we ran a 5k route with colour stations along the way. For this run, we'd have 4 colour stations: pink, blue, yellow and orange. As we headed off from the start we passed by the runners who had already gone through pink and they were all splotchy with colour. It wasn't too far before we were there ourselves.
|Bianca and I before our first douse of colour|
The volunteers were awesome and did a great job of throwing the colour at all of us as we ran through. Some runners stopped right in the middle to get lots of colour and to enjoy the pink cloud but Bianca and I carried through in search of the next colour. Blue and yellow came next and holy cow, those yellow volunteers were vicious! We both got TONS of yellow on us at that station!
The course itself was different than any I've run before. Since the run was held at the fairgrounds the entire course had to stay on the property. In a way, it reminded me of Disney races because we wound around a property instead of from point to point. However, the PNE grounds aren't quite as flashy as Disneyland and a good portion of our run was spent weaving through parking lots and through the Pacific Coliseum which was kind of cool.
Just after the yellow station we came upon Bianca's husband and her adorable little daughter who had gotten quite a bit of colour just spectating on the sidelines in her stroller! From there we carried on towards our final colour - orange!
As you can see, I didn't get totally coloured but definitely had a good tie-dyed effect going on. The hat and glasses were a really good idea. I forgot to put my glasses on in the blue station and could barely see through the dusty cloud! I made sure I had them on for the orange station so that I'd be able to see the finish.
We made it to the finish and met up with some of the other girls from Team Chevy. We were given bottles of Vitamin water and yummy Kind bars so the post-race refreshments were great. I did a quick survey of the "colour damage" and I think I did pretty good! Pink, blue, tons of yellow and orange!
We devoured our snacks and watched the crowd as they did their post-race colour throw. In our packages we were each given a colour pack that we could throw at the end. The DJ counted everyone down and then they all threw their colour...
The colour throw is funny to watch because everyone comes out of it completely doused in colour. Super cool and tons of fun. The ladies and I watched a bit more and of course, snapped a few more pics.
It was such a fun race and I was so glad to be able to experience it as part of Team Chevrolet Canada. It's awesome to see new race franchises come to Vancouver and cool to see new partners coming together as sponsors. Especially for events like this one where the premise is to get out and be active but more importantly to have fun along the way. The Color Run is a great run for everyone and all ages too - there was no clock, the course may have even been a bit less than 5k and I saw everybody from babies and toddlers to seniors making their way through the colour stations. How fun.
My tutu managed to blow clean quite easily with just a few spots of yellow that got wet and set a bit. I also managed to acquire this sweet yellow moustache:
Everyone loves a yellow moustache on a lady, don't they? My shoes and hat however were another story!
Perhaps tie-dyed could be a new colour way for the Wave Rider! What do you think Mizuno?
A huge thank you goes out to Chevrolet Canada for inviting me to run with their team and for giving me the chance to come out and experience The Color Run for their first year in Vancouver. It was such a pleasure to get to meet and run with the other Team Chevy ladies and be a part of this great event!
Have you ever run The Color Run?