Because the race was in downtown Chicago, I paid a little extra money to have my race packet mailed to me. It ends up being the same amount I would have paid for parking. I loved that I got my packet early because it gave me time to color in my own bib! Such a fun feature. In the packet, I also received a Color Run t-shirt, retro headband, and happy temporary tattoo.
The race started on the north side of Grant Park. There was a lot of vendors set up, along with fun photo-ops with blow ups and a wall to write on. The start area is set up like a party. A DJ/MC keeps everyone hyped up while thousands of people corral through the start area. I didn’t have to wait for a wave, people just start when they like. This made it very easy for big families or groups of friends that were planning on running together.
The race route was several down and backs throughout the park. Right around mile 1, is when I reached the first color station. There were around 5 different color stations in the 3 mile route. The race got congested at each station, mainly because everyone wanted to get the maximum amount of color on themselves. If you wanted to get completely covered in color, they would pour the color powder on you. If you weren’t too keen on loads of color, there were easy ways of getting by the color people. Just after mile 2 they had a water station set up. It was a little congested, but I wasn’t racing so I didn’t mind the congestion.
The best part of the race was at the finish area. First we went through a foam station. This was new and so much fun! Then we went through one last round of color before going through the finish. At the finish, they handed out medals to everyone along with our very own packet of color powder to use at the post-party. I immediately went the post-party where there was a DJ, tons of people dancing and throwing powder on each other! It was a crazy party but very family friendly as well. After some time participating in the party, I decided to check out the vendors surrounding the park. I got tons of samples of different juices, chips, candy, and so much more.
If you’re looking for a fast paced competitive 5k, this is not the race for you. But if you want a fun, light-hearted, party atmosphere, this is your race.