Race Report: The Color Run London 2013
The Color Run finally landed on UK shores for the first time last weekend, and Team Fashercise of course was there to experience it first hand. The Color Run originated in the US (hence the American spelling) and is fast taking over the world with races in 30 countries and this weekend it was London’s turn to get coloured!
The Dulux Color Run is a 5k event where runners get covered in colour powder paint with every kilometer they pass, ending in a colourful finish festival. It’s not a race – the run is untimed – but focused on having fun whilst doing it, and that’s exactly what we’re all about at Fashercise! People run it with friends and kids, they dress up, they dance and skip along the route near Wembley Stadium.
We’re being honest here, so I must say London’s first ever Color Run started off with a couple of teething problems. The start was delayed and the speakers weren’t working so we couldn’t hear what was going on. The fact that it was 2pm on the hottest day of the year didn’t help matters – we were hot, thirsty and roaring to go. After over an hour of waiting in the blistering sun we finally got to start, but by then we were already exhausted, grumpy, had a sunstroke and had finished our water supply. Anyway, it all went uphill from there – quite literally – and once we got to the first colour station we’d forgotten about the slightly confused start.
At every colour station we got covered in a Dulux shade of powder paint, thrown on you by volunteers. To say the run itself was really fun would be a lie – quite frankly running in 31 degree heat is a bitch, whether you’re a good runner or not – but the atmosphere around the track was so good you couldn’t help but enjoy yourself. I’d like to tell you we ran the whole thing, but there were a couple of walking breaks along the way. Being an untimed event, it didn’t really matter anyway – although being overtaken by a 5-year old girl was officially the low point in my running career!
At the end of the race, there’s the Finish Festival where runners and spectators joined together to dance and celebrate with powder paint explosions every so often. Visually, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever experienced: photo opportunities galore! As hard as the run may have been, you quickly forget when you’re having boogie covered in paint afterwards. We ended the day with some celebratory drinks on the nearby Hilton’s Sky Bar, giving us a great view over the ongoing festivities below.
VERDICT: If you’re looking for a competitive race to put your running skills on display, The Color Run isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a hell of a time with friends and family and thousands of fellow Colour Runners, if you want to skip and dance and have a blast whilst doing something healthy, if you want to experience something totally unique, then I strongly recommend you sign up to one of the next events. Small teething issues and the weather aside (out of anyone’s control, obviously), The Color Run London was definitely one of the coolest things we’ve done in a long time! The tube ride home was a little awkward though… lots of stares.
Massive thanks to Team Fashercise – (moi), Camille, Kate and photographer extraordinaire, other Alex – for making our first official Fashercise outing a fantastic success! We’ll definitely be back for more!
To get an idea of our incredible day, check out the video below (made with HTC One’s Zoe Highlights feature), and for more pictures (yes, MORE!), check out the Fashercise Facebook page. And like us while you’re there. Pretty please?