Who wouldn't want to be covered in a dozen shades of pastel powder while running/walking/skipping/crawling 3.1 miles (or 16,368 feet, to be extra precise) through a theme park? Apparently, lots of people. And they have a ton of fun doing it.
Proudly coating runners in pastel pigments since 2012, the popular Color Me Rad 5K race series is making its way to the Richmond, Virginia area this spring. Kings Dominion will host a super fun, super colorful 5K run (or walk, jog or jump - your choice) on May 17, 2014. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is now open.
Pickup of race packets, which include a bib, t-shirt and Rad tattoo, will take place before the race. For more information, photos, a race map and to register for the Color Me Rad 5K race at Kings Dominion, please hop, skip or jump on over to colormerad.com/race/richmond.
From the looks of the map, the 5K race starts and ends somewhere around the Dominator roller coaster, near the park's parking lot. The race starts off in a cannon of color, and there are lots of color stations placed throughout the course as it weaves around the park. Expect color bombs, color mortars and color blasting at every turn.
Color Me Rad 5K participants receive:
- Rad t-shirt
- Race bib
- Color bombs
- Rad tattoo (don't worry, mom, it's fake)
- Zumba warm-up
- much more
Registration fees are as follows:
- Early birds - $35 until 2/21/2014
- Regular registration - $40 until 3/21/2014
- Late registration - $45 until 4/18/2014
- If there's still space - $50 on 5/14/2014
In case anybody is wondering, the colorful powder is made of non-toxic cornstarch. It is not considered hazardous, and is deemed safe for food, drug and cosmetic use by the U.S. Government. If that is not a sanction of safety, I don't know what is. Seriously though, it is perfectly safe. I wouldn't recommend eating it, though.
For those that can't make it to the Kings Dominion Color Me Rad 5K, there are a few other events currently scheduled for Virginia. There is a Color Me Rad 5K in Virginia Beach on April 19, 2014 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and in Newport News on April 26, 2014 at City Center at Oyster Point. There is also an event scheduled for Blacksburg, Va. on October 14, 2014. Currently, there are no details posted about that one, but those interested can sign up for an email alert when details are known. Please visit the Color Me Rad website for a full list of colorful events around the world.
Visit Kings Dominion at KingsDominion.com to check out all of the fun planned for the park's 40th (yes, 40 years) anniversary, including the return of the singing mushrooms, blue ice cream, the Clown Band and many other golden oldies.
One of the best reasons to start a running/walking/jogging routine is for the many health benefits. If you can get exercise and support a great cause at the same time, that is even better. Kings Dominion's Color Me Rad 5K benefits Special Olympics Virginia. With a goal to reveal everyone's inner champion, Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in Olympic-style events for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.
So, lace up those shoes, put on a nice white shirt and come on out to Kings Dominion. Prepare to leave in a fun-filled cloud of color. If you can't make the event, be sure to check out SomewhereInTheSand.com for my write-up about it. Yes, this wanna-be-runner and theme park junkie is planning to become a big rainbow of pink, purple, blue and yellow. Wish me luck!