Despite the location (Peoria, about an hour away), I registered the entire family for this 5k run/walk.
Like many other 'races', there was a massive mob to register and go to the bathroom. It wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't so chilly that morning. Temps hovered in the low 40's and per the recommendation on the website, many folks were (1) wearing as much white as they could or (2) wearing skimpy white costumes, tutu's or t-shirts.
In case you did look at the website, the basic idea is to walk 5km through these color stations with each station being a different color they throw at you. You intentionally get blasted with handfuls of a safe, non-toxic corn starch-based powder that covers your clothes, hair, face and body. At the end of the race, you look like something that walked out of a Rainbow Bright port-o-potty.
You can imagine the massive crowd of people all dressed in white. It looked like a herd of migrating marshmallows...
|The billow of pink in the distance|
|The kids getting blasted|
At first, the kids weren't sure what to make of it but once they caught on...'hey, we're allowed to get dirty'...they were into it 110%.
The event is well done - there is music, lots of color and a couple small water stations. Other than starting a bit late, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
|Nice photo-bomb Zack|
|My wife and I post-run|
P.S. If you do an event like this, be prepared, despite the encouraging words on the website to throw your clothes away after the event. We've washed everything several times and it still looks like a unicorn wiped it's ass with our laundry.