I tend to freak out about things. Even things called “the happiest 5k on the planet”. I know. I’m insane. But there were so many factors I couldn’t control on Sunday morning. Like the unexpected downpour, the chance of traffic, the 8,000 runners and the set start time of the race. I like to be prompt, as in: invite me over and I’ll show up yesterday. Therefore, five of us, coming from four different locations, trying to meet during a storm, to ensure we got our race numbers and got to the start line on time, well it caused someone like me, to f.r.e.a.k.o.u.t. Capital F. Capital O.
But as soon as we all found each other, lined up, and the rain stopped and the music started… I relaxed.
So to summarize, it really is the happiest 5k on the planet, but first, it’s the most stressful 5k on the planet, transitions into the funnest 5k on the planet, moves into the hilliest 5k on the planet and then finally: messiest 5k on the planet:
Can you feel the excitement?
Steph, Me, Kelly, Kati, Chelsey
(those are strangers but they looked so happy)
Here’s how it works:
-Sign up with a team! Pick a team name! Coordinate outfits!
-Wear lots of white and old sneakers.
-Bring a change of clothes, towels and a trash bag for your messy clothes.
-Throughout the course, about 4-5 times, neon-dyed cornstarch is thrown at you by the staff in various colors.
-Close your eyes. Close your mouth.
-At the finish line, there is a color festival where you continue to throw color at yourself and all your friends.
-Take a million iPhone photos.
Have you done this? DO IT.