This weekend I met up with Joanne from Charliemoos and some other friends to run a 5k Run Or Dye race. The race appealed to me as it is very different from anything else I have done before. At every kilometre, plant based powdered dye is thrown at you as you pass the station. At the end of the race you are likely to end up multicoloured, so it definitely wasn’t an occasion to wear my best running clothes.
We were expecting the day to be busy but didn’t arrive too early as there is often a lot of standing around before you can actually get going. At the registration area, we received a swag bag containing a t-shirt, temporary tattoo and a packet of dye to start us off. We did notice a large crowd by the staging / warm up area where more dye was being thrown into the air. Between the four of us running together, we ended up with two different coloured dye packets, and in hind sight we should have tried to swap them so we could be more multi coloured.
Going around the course, the first station arrived quickly, as I was trying to get some pictures as we went through the dye clouds. I thought I had managed to get covered at each station, but a friend on Facebook commented on how clean I looked after the race (apart from my teeth of course!).
The race seemed to be over quite quickly and I was impressed at how we all ran despite it being quite hot, I forgot my water bottle and usually need water when running.
The website suggested that as we finished the race we would find ourselves in the middle of a colour storm, however as there was no dye at the end of the race, I think it must have been a play on words suggesting the runners are all multi coloured at this point.
We did wonder if the course was 5k as it felt too quick, and as it turned out we found out via social media later that day that the course was only 3.68k which was a little disappointing.
I loved the experience of the race and I have never run anything like that before, but it was an expensive race to enter compared to others I have entered. I am glad I went with the notion that I wasn’t going to time myself or run for speed, or personal bests, and that way I think I got the best out of it.