#67: Participate in an Organized 5k Fun-Run

This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.

NOTE: This post is long, but you’re going to want to get to the end. Trust me.

For our fun run this year, we joined in the Color Run, which is a benefit for the Dream Factory of Oregon. We made sure to dress appropriately.

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Here we are at the starting line – notice how everyone’s shirt is clean and white?

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The race packet included bibs, shirts, and some temporary tattoos.

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There isn’t much narrative value to the running of the race, but I’ll just drop a couple of details here:

  • We started the race together, until the first “burst”. After that we split up, letting the kids set the pace.
  • Will loves to sprint, but he learned his limitations pretty quickly. He’d run flat-out for a hundred yards, then have to walk for 50.
  • Lucy and Becky set a more measured, steady pace. Despite the 70-degrees-and-rising temperature (warmer than we nor’westerners prefer), she blissfully held Becky’s hand for the entire race.

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We met at the finish line, where a helpful stranger captured us in our filthy, colorful glory.

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When you finish, you are handed extra packets of colored powder, which the kids promptly threw at each other. At least they waited until we were pointing a camera at them.

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There was a big stage with a DJ, who was spinning dance and techno tracks. A fairly large dance party was happening, and we all wanted to be right in the middle of it.

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Lucy’s hair turned orange. It took her four showers to get it all out.

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There were lots of sponsor booths at the end of the race too. We made sure to do everything that involved a camera.

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This was a super good time. Walking back to the car, the kids were asking when we could do another one, so look for this on the 2015 list.

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