Yesterday, Jaden completed his very first 5k!
We ran the Fun Run 2014 in Color 5k with my dad and stepmom. It was even featured on the local ABC TV news station that morning.
The Fun Run is an untimed color race where powdered color is thrown on you as your run at four different stations.
The race started at 8:00 am. We got there about 7:15 am and were able to find close parking right away. Jaden got his face painted by my dad.
I use the port-o-potty twice. The first time, I was able to walk right up without waiting but then I decided that I had to go again 7 minutes before the race started and there was a long line. I waited and got back to the start line right on time. There was five port-o-potties, and with over 1,000 runners, I think they need to add a couple more next year.
The race started in waves depending how you lined up. They let a group of runner go with a couple of minutes in between each group so the color stations weren’t overcrowded with people.
My dad and stepmom stayed together, Danny and Jacob ran together, and Jaden and I stayed together. Jaden started out running really good and was able to make it almost a half mile before he got tired. He seems to have exactly two speeds – sprinting and walking. We walked a lot of the race with a little bit of running when he was ready.
But you better believe he ran like crazy when he saw the upcoming color stations:
He learned very quickly to keep his mouth closed at the color stations. At the first station, he left his mouth open and spent the next half a mile spitting out color.
The one thing I didn’t like was that there wasn’t a water station on the course at all. Jaden begged for water the whole time and I didn’t even think to bring any. I know that it’s only a three mile race but when you have a race that a lot of kids are running and a race where you can get color in your mouth and eyes, you should have at least one water station.
Jaden really slowed down at the end of the race and every time I encouraged¬†him to go faster (mostly so we could move out of people’s way) he would scream, “stop forcing me to run faster!” at the top of his lungs so I got some not-so-nice looks from people around me.
About a quarter of a mile from the finish, we saw Danny and Jacob and Jaden took off running. Sure, start running when you see Daddy. We went through the final color station and crossed the finish line!
According to my Garmin, we finished the race in 41:48. My goal for Jaden was 45 minutes so I was happy he was able to finish in under that. If we do it next time, I will definitely carry water for him.
My stepmom and Dad did awesome – I think my dad got the most color on him than all of us!
There were bagels, bananas, and clementines at the end of the race. There was also Propel water and coffee – I love races that have coffee afterwards!
There was also an after party where everyone got bags of color and threw them all at once. There was color everywhere!
We had to leave¬†quickly after the race since the kids had soccer and baseball practice but we did stay around to throw our color packets! There was also a wind tent where you could get the color blown off of you.
Overall, this was a really fun race. It’s great for kids and Jaden loved it. Parking was easy and the course went through a local neighborhood and around a park. It started on time and everything ran smoothly. I do wish they had a water station on the course.
We didn’t wait in line for the wind station but we did bring towels to put on the car seats. If you run a color race make sure to bring towels or extra clothes!