Yay! A few friends and I participated in The Color Run on the weekend! It’s described as the ‘happiest run on the planet’ and their motto is: “Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be You.”, how could I not be in it?! It’s a 5k race, but many runners are first-timers because it’s meant as a happy, non-competitive event to have fun and promote a healthy living. The only mandatory item is to wear a white t-shirt. Why? Basically you run/walk your 5k, and every kilometer or so, there is a ‘colour’ station where volunteers throw coloured powder all over! The final result is quite impressive, but it’s a lot of fun! A short and quick race (I’m pretty sure it was less than 5k…) but worth the fun.
They even provide a white t-shirt in your race packet so no need to go buy one (since it’ll be ruined anyway!), they also give you a white headband, which was nice to protect my hair a bit. I loved how lots of people were so creative with their t-shirts: cut-offs, tied, twisted, braided, beaded, you name it! So much creativity! I loved it! And everyone was so happy, the music was going, they had a t-shirt canon, people were dancing, jumping around, dancing with the music, and impromptu popping of balloons filled with coloured powder. That was 9am and the race had barely started for some runners! haha We all waited in a large pool of people, funneling through the starting point, with waves going in every 5 minutes or so. There were about 7,500 runners total.
I gotta say, I was happy to have chosen to wear sunglasses because it helped running through the clouds of powder!
They have races all over the world, so make sure you check them out and maybe grab a few friends and participate in your local area! Or even run it by yourself, you’ll get to meet lots of happy runners along the way
After the run, we went for a well-deserved breakfast at one of my favourite places to eat called The Root Cellar Organic Café, which happened to be very close to the race: what a perfect day (we brought towels to sit on so as not staining their chairs)! My friend had their western sandwich, and my husband and I had their Green Eggs (eggs fried on top of a bed of Swiss chard, with roasted sweet & fingerling potatoes), and an awesome “Willy Wonka” smoothie made with a banana, peanut butter, chocolate and almond milk. Yum! Most of their food is organic and they try to be as local as possible.
If you are ever in London, Ontario, make sure you stop by The Root Cellar Organic Café on Dundas street, they are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm. Elie is welcoming you in the front of the café and Max is in the back busy in the kitchen; they are just super nice and genuine people!
After that, well, you guessed it. It was time for a mandatory shower and lots of scrubbing!!! I had to use a bunch of my homemade body scrubs and face scrub to get it all off. heehee
That was my Saturday morning. The whole weekend was still ahead of us; awesome, isn’t it?
What do you think about The Color Run?
This group of girls were taking their picture and I snapped it as well, they were so cute, all dressed-up for the race! (I asked them permission to post this picture)