At first it may sound like a crazy fever dream: a 5K event where runners get doused with colored powder as they go along the course. But it’s real and extremely popular. In its first year, The Color Run became the largest 5K event series in the nation, with 600,000 finishers in 2012. And this month, May 11, the rainbow race comes to Baltimore. “It really took off like wildfire,” says Amanda Blanck, Baltimore’s race director. “It’s not a timed race on purpose, so it’s more about the experience.” The Color Run debuted as a way to include people of all ages and skill levels. Runners don white T-shirts and get tossed with non-toxic, colored powder at each kilometer mark, resulting in a Jackson-Pollock-esque riot at the end. Packet pick-up for Baltimore’s race is at West Shore Park, the course meanders around Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, and it all benefits cancer charity Cool Kids Campaign. “My advice is to let yourself be loose, do your hair crazy, and wear a silly outfit,” Blanck says. “Just be open to having a lot of fun.”
A vibrant 5K race comes to Baltimore this month.
Issue date: May, 2013