This week I signed up for two fall runs that I’m super excited about!
The Color Run
The first is the Color Run in St. Louis on September 15th! Can you believe I haven’t done one of these yet? I keep hearing about what a blast they are, so I’m psyched to participate in one. Here’s a description of the Color Run from the event website:
The Color Run™, also known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Finish Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!
With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
- Wear white at the starting line
- Finish plastered in color
Well…that seems easy enough! It will be great to do a run with friends that is all about just having fun and not about time. And my friends and I are bringing back our team name from this year’s Ragnar Del Sol - The Truffle Shufflers! (If you don’t know what that reference is you are probably much younger than I am… ) St. Louis friends – if anyone wants to join our team just let me know! It’s $5 cheaper to sign up on a team.
So yes, can’t wait for the Color Run!!!
In the ‘more challenging races’ category I also just signed up for The Skippo trail run. I did this race, hosted by Big River Running, last year for the first time and loved it. Here’s a shot from last year’s race. This picture is pretty misleading as I look totally calm and fine, as it was before I took a really bad fall on the second half and got cut and bruised all over the place. Must be more careful this time! : )
It’s at Castlewood park (site of my run on Sunday) and is particularly challenging because part of the 10K loop consists of 200 steps built into the trail that you have climb up. And they are steep! Last year I was completely wiped out the second time I went up those steps. You have the option of signing up for the 10K (1 loop), 20K (2 loops), or 30K (3 loops). I signed up for the 30K this year, thinking I’ll be in really good shape coming out of the Chicago marathon about a month before. Last year I signed up for the 30K and had to drop down to the 20K, so if things aren’t feeling so great coming out of Chicago I suppose that is an option.
This race has a great post-race afterparty with barbeque, beer, etc. and some great schwag including a coffee mug, shirt, and this sweet wooden medal:
I always like to have some ‘just for fun’ races on the books so I’m excited about these to balance out the training for my main fall race, the Chicago Marathon.
What races are you excited about this fall?
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Frostbite Series 15K
Feb 22nd - 23rd:
Ragnar Del Sol 200 mile relay
Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon
St. Patrick's Day Parade Run
Wipro San Francisco Half Marathon