Monday, August 5, 2013

Running the Color Me Rad 5K Race

The CLEAN team, prior to the race.
   "As you pass through life you're faced with thousands of choices that shape who you are, what kind of person you'll become, and how successful you'll be.  These decisions either build or destroy character and can be life changing for you and those around you.  Sometimes you're faced with a decision so important that everything hinges upon choosing correctly.
     Well who cares, right?  This run has nothing to do with that.  Color Me Rad is the best time you'll have all year.  Plain and simple.  It's like a food fight without food.  It's a race with no glory for the victor and no shame for the loser, with only large slops of color plastered all over you and your friends' smiling faces.
     It'll brighten your day literally and figuratively; it'll liven up your Facebook page, give you hours of new conversation and fond memories, and you will eventually move on to become the next President of the United States.  That's our personal guarantee.
     And let's be honest, when was the last time you acted like a 12 year old?  Unless you are now 13 years old, this was probably a long time ago.  If you're 13, you're not our target demographic anyway.  Don't you have homework to do?"

...so reads the answer to one of the Frequently Asked Questions on the website for the Color Me Rad races.

Coach Caleb is center front in top photo.
Son Caleb joined about 20 of his fitness group team members on Saturday to run in the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Color Me Rad 5K race.  You can read about his fun coaching group by going to his coaching website, Epic Every Rep, here.  They left home around 4:00 AM, carpooling to the site of the race.

Caleb was not feeling at his best, suffering with a nasty head cold.  He told me he was looking forward to running at the back of the pack with some of the group members he coaches who are at the beginning of their fitness journeys.  Since this is not a race about improving your best time, or even about winning, he simply enjoyed being a motivator and encouraging those who needed the help to complete the race.

The happy, colorful team, after the race.
I think it would be fairly safe to say that they all had a blast.  For the most part the pictures certainly tell the tale.  Caleb's group had a fun time together, and part of the entry fees were donated to local charities.

Caleb, the photo bomber
I hear it was a dirty ride home, and this time none of our vehicles were  part of the adventure.  The way I'm seeing things, that's a good thing.

Today, though, there's a pretty funky smelling, but colorful, pile of clothing and shoes in my laundry room.....

Looks like my wash machine will be getting its own workout.



  1. What a neat race. . . well, neat ain't exactly the right word. I know they had a lot of fun doing that and now the street they were running on is quite colorful.

  2. My gosh. How much FUN was that? How COOL!

    I love the concept and the idea of it all. And it DOES look like such fun for a good cause.

    Yay Team Caleb!

    [Now, please tell how many stain sticks and how much bleach you had to use? giggle Have fun yourself Momma. ::grin::]

  3. I was thinking it looked like a messy race:)