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It's Not Easy Being Green… and Blue, and Red, and Yellow…

Blogger: Dave Redemske, Senior Designer | Chicago, IL, USA
June 11, 2012

What do you get when you cross a few thousand mobile “canvasses,” a few hundred volunteer “artists” and a few tons of cornstarch-based “color”? You get The Color Run 5K. Billed as “the happiest 5K on Earth,” the Color Run is art in one of its purest forms.

The color run is unique because not only are the participants the canvas, they are both passively and actively involved in the art that’s created. The way it works is that every thousand meters (or 1K), there is a “color station” where volunteer “artists” throw the color on you as you walk or run by. So participants are passively involved because you don’t know who, or how much color is thrown at you. However, participants are also actively involved because they can control how long they are standing/walking/running through the color stations. It’s a partnership between canvas and artist that’s completely unique… and ridiculously fun!

The other interesting aspect of the run is the change from conformity to non-conformity. When the race begins, the “canvases” are the epitome of conformity. Everyone is all dressed in white, the “blank canvases.” However, once the run begins, all of the “canvases” become completely unique.  It’s all based on the volume of color thrown on you and the speed at which you go thru the color station.

Personally for me, I was enjoying a frosting of color. I would run through the middle of the station, choosing to get frosted with the residual color that was floating around in the stations. I was fairly successful until the last station, which happened to be Purple. The last “artist” in the line was a boy in his mid-teens with his little brother. Much like Babe Ruth calling his shot, he pointed at me with one hand, said “I got you, dude!” and he and his little brother hit me square in the sternum with fists full of Purple. It was an absolute blast!

I’ve never had more fun creating and being art. If the Color Run comes through your town, you have to give it a try.

Happy travels!

Video courtesy of YouTube: thecolorrun

Reader Comments (4)

So jealous! I tried signing up when I heard it was coming to Philadelphia, but they had already sold out! Makes me feel kind of... blue?

This is one of the coolest things I've ever learned about in a blog! Thanks for sharing this aesthetic-athletic experience, Dave. And though I'm no runner, can't resist saying that I'm green with envy of those who've experienced this...

Egh. I can't think of anything witty to say about the color red...

...regardless, a few of my friends did this in Seattle. I am seriously counting down the days until I can participate! Great post.

"I got you, dude!" That is awesome!!!

What a fun post and race! Michael - let met know when it comes back to Seattle, I'm so there!

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