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Color RunAt a closing festival of the Kansas City Color Run, participants tossed their packets of powder into the air to create a cloud of color. (Photo by Olivia Mitchell)
The Color Run, also known as the happiest 5K on the planet, was held on June 1 and 2 with a 3.1 mile course around Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, which attracted participants from the Wyandotte County area as well as Missouri and all over Kansas.
In the Color Run, participants get splattered by powder and by the end of the race, will be covered head-to-toe in color.
The 5 kilometer run is divided into four sections; pink, blue, yellow, and orange. In each section volunteers line the streets, ready with bottles full of the powder to stain participant's shirts into an array of color.
The Color Run focuses less on a ten-minute mile, since the race is untimed, and more on healthiness, happiness, individuality, giving back to the community, and giving the participants the time of their lives.
"The run was good. It was kind of weird to just run around Arrowhead Stadium though," Edwardsville resident Maryssa Petterson said. "I thought it really was the happiest 5K. I had a blast and I even rolled in the blue paint."
The run promotes healthiness, so whether participants can run the entire 5K or can only walk, they are appreciated.
This acceptance of all runners and walkers has led to the event's growth since its debut in January of 2012. According to The Color Run's official website this event will grow from over 50 events and 600,000 participants in 2012 to over 100 events and over a million participants in 2013.
The Color Run also strives for all participants to cross the finish line happy as the nickname suggests.
“We call The Color Run the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet’ because our events bring together friends and family in a unique, healthy, and fun environment,” founder of The Color Run, Travis Snyder, said.
Not only does the run promote healthiness and happiness, every race supports a different local charity. In 2012, The Color Run raised donations for over 60 local and national charities.
For example, the race held at Arrowhead supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. This charity gives families a comfortable place to rest and a home cooked meal instead of sitting in the waiting room while a child is in the hospital with a serious illness.
"The run was really fun and it was good that it was going to charity," Kansas City resident, Raphael Pena, said.
After the run is completed, runners participate in a Color Festival. The runners stand in a big group with everyone holding a packet, each a different color. After a countdown everyone throws their powder into the air, which creates a big cloud of color.
Petterson explained that the festival was fun but it started getting crowded really fast. Kansas City resident, Jesse Gomez, added that it was a little disorganized but the festival was all right overall.
When asked, the participants of The Color Run said they would probably do it again and would definitely recommend it to others who are contemplating the run.
"If you are looking for a good run or just to have a good time with friends and family then yes this race is meant for you," Gomez said.
The next color run will be held in Lawrence, Kan., on Sept. 14. For those interested, just go to thecolorrun.com to sign up.