My sister and I have done 4 different Color Runs over the last few years. But, this fall was our first time ever trying the Glow In The Dark Color Run Night…and it was an absolute blast! It is an epic night filled with music and disco balls, bubbles, black head lights, hot pink tutus, and a ton of laughs! I loved it, and can’t wait to do it again next year!
I blogged about the Tropicolor Color Run that was an island vacation themed Color Run that had vibrant fruity colors, a beach party at the finish line, and medals adorned with palm trees. I shared that experience and several Tips & Tricks for The Color Run in that post. Click here to read all about it!
We’ve enjoyed doing the Color Run every summer, and when we saw that the Color Run Night was coming to Detroit we couldn’t wait to try it.
The Color Run is a wonderful first 5K. It’s family friendly, and as they so eloquently state on their website, you can hop, skip, jump, walk, or run across the finish line. As long as you’re having fun, they don’t care how you finish the race. Which is my kind of 5K, since I simply do not run for fun! 😂
So, if you’re not very athletic or are in the process of working toward a fitness goal, The Color Run might be a great first 5K for you.
My husband had never done a 5K before. And, he decided to join my sister and I for the Color Run Night this year. He opted to “trash” an old hockey jersey instead of wearing his Color Run Night t-shirt! I think he had a great time…
The Color Run Night in Detroit, Michigan took place on Belle Isle, a small island in the Detroit River. Belle Isle is a State Park, which leads me to my next first tip…
Read Your Welcome Information…
In order to be permitted onto Belle Isle, we had to have a state park pass on our license plate or pay for the daily pass. This was critical information that was sent to us via email. So, check your race information that comes through your email. There may just be an important piece of info in there. 😉
Belle Isle was a beautiful place to have The Color Run Night. Seeing the Island at night was such a neat experience, and the Detroit skyline was the backdrop for the party at the finish line. It was gorgeous.
As we walked, ran, skipped, hopped, or twirled our way through the 3.2 miles, every kilometer or so we reached a color station. At each color station a volunteer dowsed us with powdered color.
What was extremely cool about The Color Run Night, is that the powdered color glowed (or glew?! 🙁) under black light.
In our welcome packets, we got a black light headlamp to wear, which is my 2nd tip for you future color runners…
Wear Your Headlamp…
If you are vertically challenged like me, you’ll need that extra light as you meander around a park at night walking 3 miles. I was praying the whole way that I wouldn’t roll my ankle or trip over something. I trip on air, so it was a miracle that I made it to the finish line with no bumps or bruises.
Another piece of advice I have is,
Have Your Packet Delivered to Your House…
The Color Run has been offering the option of having your packet with your t-shirts, tattoos, race bib, and accessories mailed right to your home. This is a wonderful option, and saves you the hassle of picking up your packet the day before or the night of the run.
Near the end of the run, they had a black light photo station with glowing bubbles that allowed us to get pictures of all of our glowing glory under the special lights. It was a really nice option since there were no professional photographers there. Which leads me to my final tip…
Bring Your Own Camera To Take Photos…
In years past, I’ve brought my nice camera to the Color Run. It got covered in powder, but it wasn’t the end of the world. (I have tips for cleaning your camera here). But the last couple years, FloFoto has attended the event and taken professional photos along the route and at the finish line. They often have photographers at the party afterward also, at various photo op stations giving us plenty of photo opportunities.
When we get home, we look up our photos using our bib number and order directly from FloFoto.
With this additional photo option, I haven’t felt the need to take my nice camera, and I’ve been using my iPhone to capture the memories along the way. The iPhone does a great job, and I can slip it in my armpit as I Run through the color to avoid getting it dirty.
But, I noticed at The Color Run Night, they didn’t have the option of professional photos. Probably because, well, it’s dark. 😉 So, be sure that you bring your phone or camera to capture the memories, cause you’ll want to remember this night, believe me!
I can’t wait until we can do the Color Run Night next year. It was a blast, and I know my niece would love it! And for next year, I’m definitely ordering an LED tutu! It has to happen. End of story.
If you are interested in doing a Color Run, visit their website or “like” The Color Run on Facebook for updates. They usual announce their new theme in January or February. One year it was glitter and shine, last summer it was a tropical theme, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will be!
Let me know if you have any questions. See you at the starting line! 😊