If you are a regular reader, you know I love Color Me Rad. Walking a 5K is much more fun if you are getting colorful at the same time. I am serious. 3.1 miles does not seem like 3.1 miles when you are having color thrown on you.
Since I did Color Me Rad in October 2012 here in Knoxville and again in April 2013 here in Knoxville, I thought I would compare the two like when I compared Color Me Rad vs The Color Run .
Distance – 5K
Color Me Rad 2012 was 2.8 miles. Color Me Rad 2013 was right at 3.1 miles. If you are going to call yourself a 5K, you do need to get to at least 3 miles. Definitely Color Me Rad learned from the previous race. I do know some people got in a LOT more than 3.1 miles because they went through color stations twice or did the whole race twice. That’s how much fun Color Me Rad is – you want to keep going.
We waited in line to park for Color Me Rad 2012 for over 30 minutes. I think the area in which it was held and the number of people created our long wait. This year was at a different location and I got smarter and took a back way to the race and lucked out on a fabulous parking space. We also arrived ONE HOUR before our start time. Wait time – nothing. I do know that some people waited for quite a while. The race was over 9,000 people so that is to be expected. I loved the new location – Civic Coliseum.
At last year’s Color Me Rad we used the restrooms where we parked, which were nice enough but a little wait. This year they had TONS of port-a-potties and there were no lines. I was very pleased to see plenty of toilet paper AND hand sanitizer along with sink stations outside.
At both Color Me Rad races there have been 5 color stations – 3 powder and 2 liquid. I wish they threw more powder on you. The volunteers use their hands and more of it gets on the ground than on the people. Thinking there could be a better way to do this. Just not sure what it is. But, you can always go through color stations multiple times AND you get a free color bomb at the end of the race to use however you want. And if you look at my photos you can tell I was colorful by the time it ended.
I cannot tell you how nice the staff at Color Me Rad is. They are so nice and easy to deal with at pickup – even with the endless long lines. The announcer at both Color Me Rads was hysterical. Really kept the crowd energized.
Last year I bought quite a few items. This year I bought a white Color Me Rad tank top and a couple of pink bracelets (both to wear during the race). I own quite a bit of Color Me Rad items now. Love them all. The t-shirt material and hoodie material is the best.
I haven’t seen official photos yet, but I suspect they will be great. Color Me Rad hires out local photographers. I knew a few of them and they do fantastic work. In the meantime, I am sharing some of my photos with you. I will say I don’t carry my phone with me, but I carry an old point and shoot without any plastic covering. The color came right off my camera (and my Garmin).
Goodies with Registration Fee
Both races included a t-shirt, sunglasses, color packet, and RAD tattoo. They have the best t-shirts and I wore mine the next day to spectate at the Knoxville Marathon. The RAD tattoo is still slightly visible as is some of the color.
Which race did I prefer? 2012 or 2013? Would I do it again?
I would say I enjoyed this year’s better but ONLY because parking was easier and the weather was amazing (last year it was overcast and misting slightly). This year was truly a wonderful day to be outside. I hope that Knoxville has shown Color Me Rad the love and that they continue coming back again and again.
Have you done a color race? What did you think? What other types of “fun” races have you done? Share!