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The Color Run - Free Race Entries!

First - a question. It is possible to truly "race for fun"? No, really.


I mean, even people who use races as training runs are still using it for something productive - to gain endurance, learn how to fuel properly, test out race day clothes, etc.

Personally, if I'm going to pay money to run a race I'm going to race. Not jog. Not see how it goes. Not just prance around for fun. Race. It might not always go well but I'll try. So when I heard about the Color Run a few months back I was intrigued. It's not a race for time. It's a race that you want to last as long as possible because it's so freaking fun. 

I contacted the race director right away and asked him some questions about the race. He got busier and busier....because this race is blowing up. Most of the destinations sell out instantly - including Atlanta. Luckily they announced this week that there will be an encore race in Atlanta on April 7th - and I get to give away two race entries! (Just a heads up - I'll be giving away two more race entries to a new city next week. Stay tuned to find out which city!)

The Color Run will be in the following cities this year: Atlanta, Southern California, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Kansas City, Portland, Miami, get the idea. EVERYWHERE.

The basic idea is that as you run the 5k course wearing a white shirt. The race staff take care of the rest. Got it?

Start like this...

And end up like this!
I'm pretty excited for the Color Run because it's NOT competitive - it's just fun. After the race there is a fun party atmosphere that I can't wait to be a part of.

Do you ever pay to run races just for fun?
I never have before - I can run for fun on my own. But I can't force people to throw color on me as I run around my neighborhood, so I'm definitely on board for the Color Run!

Want to win one of two free entries to the Color Run Atlanta on April 7th? Here's what to do - each entry is optional but each one counts as an entry for the race:

+1: Like The Color Run on Facebook and leave me a comment saying you did
+1: Like Gourmet Runner on Facebook and leave me a comment saying you did
+1: Spread the word about this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your own blog and let me know where!
+8: If you graffiti your entry on a wall somewhere and take a picture. DO IT.  

I'll pick the winner at midnight on March 14th and announce the winner the next day!


  1. Just had to comment that my friend and I are doing this one in May in Seattle. I can't WAIT!!!

  2. AHH This is so great!! I liked them on fb!

  3. I've seen pictures of these on FB, and holy shit it looks amazing. The one is SoCal is the day after Ragnar, and I'm pretty sure my husband would divorce me if I signed up for it. Bastard!

  4. also, spreading the word about this giveaway on my blog.

  5. I liked the color run on Facebook, I liked your page on Facebook! Can't wait to do this race!!!

  6. If I wasn't running a half that day I would be all over this!

  7. That sounds like so much fun!!!! I'm going to have to hope I can make the other city though because I can't make the 7th. Great idea!

  8. I want to do this race so bad!!! I liked them on FB!

  9. I am a follower of yours on FB too!!

  10. Interesting! Similar idea to warrior dash - get dirty, not worry about time. That was definitely for fun. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I have done races for fun, since it's like a no-no in the blog world. Maybe it's not the idea going in, but sometimes it's not going well and so I decide to just try and enjoy it and get over worrying about time. Or I did a 20 mile race as a training run for a marathon, but I ran it at more of a training pace than a race pace. This year I am running a half that I had to defer my entry to last year 6 days before the Half Ironman - that may have to end up being for fun.

  11. I wonder how long it takes to get the paint off of your face and out of your hair? hmmmm... That is the week of spring break and my MIL will be here to watch my boys! Count me in! I "like" the Color Run on FB!

  12. I already "like" you on FB!!!! ;-)

  13. I just posted this on my blog!

  14. I've liked them AND your blog on FB! I'm doing this in Atlanta and Charlotte!

  15. I did this one in Austin and it definitely fell into your category of "Big race that's too big, and consequently had A LOT of problems..." I hope for all of your sakes that these issues have been addressed in future sites....

    1. I haven't heard anything but I can imagine there were problems with a new race of that size. Hopefully any issues can be solved since they will be running races so often over the next year. What problems did you notice?

    2. There were a was sad. I was so excited for this race too!

      - It had rained a lot, and the course was cross country through a park and HILLY. The mud was over ankle deep throughout the whole thing. Tens of thousands of dollars of damage had to have been done to that park.

      - Similarly, throughout the advertising they billed this as a family event. This course was not a place for children, and especially not strollers. Granted, they warned people not to bring strollers, but not until about 6:30am the day of the race.

      - The location of the race wasn't announced until a couple of weeks (max) before the event

      - Parking was a nightmare. A lot of people didn't make it on time.

      - The start time was about 30 minutes later than it was supposed to be.

      - The last color stations during the race were out of color by the time I got there, and I was forward of the middle...

      Overall, it was just a really big mess. I don't understand why they did a lot of things the way they did. It's such a great and fun concept, but at least here, they absolutely blew it. I'll be hard pressed to justify paying the $40 to do this one again...

  16. i've never heard of this! i'm definitely going to look into it. sounds awesome.

  17. Well this looks like so much fun. But not near me, darn!

  18. Waaa I wish you were giving away Washington DC tickets, I'd love to run this race! I posted about it the other week in fact. Right up my alley.

  19. I'm hoping to do the Denver one--it looks like so much fun!!

  20. I never race for fun. Sad but true. I sometimes try but that competitive urge always kicks in!

  21. Greta giveaway! I was too slow on deciding, and Atlanta is already sold out. I'd love to win.

    I already "like" you Facebook

  22. I also like the color run on facebook

  23. I liked them on facebook. and if I win I'll give it to someone that lives there ;) b/c I saw Alex's recap of this and it was AMAZING!!!

  24. This is not an entry but dang that sounds so freaking fuN!!! I hope the next city you chose is close to me so that I can enter. Best idea ever!

    And yes I would have to say that I would pay for a race and run it just for fun. I would not have said this a year ago but now I totally would.

  25. Not entering, but I wish I could. It looks like so much fun. I would get the shirt framed afterwards and put it up in my sports room, not that I actually have one, but I can dream.

    I can't wait for you to do the run so I can read your re-cap and laugh at your photos, ooops, I meant enjoy your photos :)

  26. I just found your blog through Ali's and I love it already, you blog in such an honest and open voice and I've really enjoyed reading your recent posts :)

    This race looks like so much fun! I really wish I could run it, but there are two small issues: 1. I can't run, 2. I live in the UK haha

    Looking forward to reading more :)

  27. i like color run on FB! i've been wanting to do one of these so bad, my husband thinks it's crazy!

  28. I liked the color run on fb since I first found out about months ago. I won;t be able to be here for the first one so I would love to be a part of the second one especially for free!!!! :)

  29. I just learned about the Atlanta Color Run, and just found you! You are both fabulous, so consider yourself liked on FB. Looking forward to your updates, thanks for facilitating this contest and letting two of us run and get splattered for free!
    Now off to splatter my FB wall about this giveaway...

  30. i had a friend in our running group who told us about this race coming to nashville tennesse. i am so pumped and cant wait for registration to open up so i can run this race. it looks like so much fun and complete nonsense!! i will for sure be there in nashville running hoping my running buddies will join me for all of the fun!


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