The Color Run 2013

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I can’t count the number of times I have been asked, “What is The Color Run?”  Here’s the answer:  It’s the Happiest 5K on the planet!
It began last year as a fun run around the US.  This year was the second year and it’s doubled!  Anyone can run (walk, skip, jog, dance).  And I mean anyone.  If you can make it through 3.1 miles, you are welcome. 

Wait, let me make myself clear.  Any person can run at any age.  Dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, turtles, hamsters, fish (for obvious reasons) are not welcome.  On the other hand ponies like this one are.

image courtesy the color run


You start white (or mostly white)










And after running for 5 kilometers through clouds of color, you end up … well, not white!DSCF8067

Chris watched me participate last year in the inaguaral year of the Color Run and decided to join me.  Soon there after we were joined by Kyla, Torie, Dash, Jack, my mom and dad, my aunt, and friends of mine for church, high school, and college.


We were team D’BOM– named for my children (whose real names are not Kyla, Torie, Dash, and Jack) and named for the explosion of color we were going to encounter!




Kids can join in the fun of the color run  because it’s not about being serious.  It’s about making healthy-living fun!  Some people look at this and think It doesn’t look fun.  The idea of color being splashed all over you doesn’t seem fun?  Well, okay, if you look at my face, it looks like I’ve been in a mud pit


 But it’s all good!

The point is that it is fun! That’s it!  FUN!!!! For 3 hours, you have fun–anticipating it, participating in it, and reciprocating it (the color love)!  They donate a part of your entrance fee to a charity.  Last year it was for the homeless, this year it was for Camp Kesem–a camp designed for children of parents who have or have had cancer.

The Color Run has grown from last year’s  50 events with 600,00o participants to over 100 events all over the country and world–Canada and Australia are getting into this too– with over 1,000,000 runners.  Here’s how it works.

Like I said, you start out all white at the beginning.  When you take off running,  At each kilometer mark, you run through a color station like this

image courtesy of the color run

This year the colors were blue, orange, yellow, pink/red.  At each station you get hit with as little or as much color as you want.  I do have to admit you can’t stop for too long.  They want to get everyone through the station.

At the end of the race, you run through the finish, meet your team, and get ready for the Color Festival.  You’ve never been to a Finish Line Party like this.

image courtesy of the color run

Everyone is given a color pack so you race through the whole course holding on to your precious bag of colored fun and throw it into the air with the rest of the Color Crazies!

Still wondering if you want to do this?

Let me just put it this way.  It’s a great analogy for marriage/family.


Once upon a time, you get married with all your perfect plans for the future.









Along the way you meet the midwife who delivers your baby (or babies).

And by the time it’s all said and done, you are nothing but a loud huge family of hot mess–including the messy kids!








DSCF8077You even learn that your parents are messy, too!











But your friends still love you because they have their own mess!  Some are messier than others, but it doesn’t matter!











Still not sure if you want to join us?  Oh, come on!  You know you do!  The Color Run is coming back next July!  It fills up fast so sign up as early as you can to secure your spot!


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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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