This past Saturday was the Color Run here in Louisville and it was a blast; my first 5K was spent running around being splashed with color.

The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.


The Color Strut

It truly was a super happy experience — I couldn’t help but smile the whole time. The first one in Louisville was last year, and I only learned about this year’s event a few weeks before it went off but as soon as I heard about it I wanted to sign up. I get to dress up, exercise, and experience vibrant color explosions? I’m there.

Even with the short time frame, I managed to gather a handful of interested partners in crime including family, friends, and soon-to-be friends. Along the way I met good people, including one young girl in a stroller who needed a bandanna (if you find your way here, know that it was clean); gave a lot of high fives; saw some awesome costumes; got compliments on my own; screamed, ran, and danced at the after party.

I think their team name was “Richard’s Runaway Brides.” I decided to catch up to them and officiate their colorful union.

For anyone interested or curious: it was a relaxed environment, not a competition; the Color Runners included everyone from stroller bound babies to a 96-year-old woman in a wheelchair (though she did walk part of the way, I’m told). If you missed it, you can always try again next year or find one of their other locations in the United States and internationally. With so much color and happiness involved, I know there are photos all over the place, but I’ve tried collecting those of my friends and family who attended to tell the story of my experience. Also, for the environmental or health conscious viewers, the color was made of corn starch, food coloring, and flavoring — thought what it’s supposed to taste like I don’t know because it still tasted like chalk to me.


It did not taste like blueberry.


To everyone who ran along with me: keep smiling.