Disclosure: As part of a Tampa Bay Bloggers and Color Me Rad partnership, my daughters, friends and a handful of Run DMT fans received Color Me Rad entries in exchange for my honest review. The opinions shared are my own.
My girls and I returned to the Florida State Fairgrounds with friends into tow to share this colorfully RAD time!
With traffic not cooperating on I-75, our friends arrived late; so we joined a later wave. That’s what I love about these fun runs; it’s all about a fun time rather than a finish time.
Before our RADical start, we snapped a few before photos. The girls and I wore white (It’s a must for the full colorful effect.) and bandannas again to minimize the dust because Emmalynn and I suffer from such bad asthma.
So we joined the 9:45 which was a special memorial wave #run4Megan and #run4colin added for the two teens recently murdered.
Allana took off with her friends while Emmalynn and I maintained a much slower walking/running pace.
Like a good coach, I gave Emmalynn a set distance to run to, which is how I learned to run all those years ago. Once we turned the corner around a barn, we came upon the first Color Bomb Squad, purple, Emmalynn’s favorite color.
Emmalynn and I decided to snap selfies after every Color Bomb Squad.
Much like last year, it was crazy hot. The sweat combines with the colored corn starch made finger-paint instantly on my body.
The blue Color Bomb Squad was armed with hoses and the cutest little Color Bomb Cutie. I didn’t want to leave.
Around the halfway mark, we came upon a water station. Emmalynn and I doubled up on the bottled water and carried one with us as we ran.
After the yellow color bomb squad, I almost cut the course short by running across the grass instead of following the cones. Emmalynn was not happy about running back to follow the course correctly but I reminded her we were almost finished. “We’d be almost done if you didn’t make us run back!” She hollered at me.
Luckily, I distracted her with another selfie.
When we were close to the home stretch, I made Emmalynn run to what I thought was another water station.
As we drew closer, I realized the Color Bomb Squad was handing out color bombs! We could only grab one each, so Emmalynn and I chose pink and yellow.
Other runners decided to lie down on the course to be rained on by Color Bombs. I loved the color explosion on the course.
With less than a quarter mile to the finish, there was one more Color Bomb Squad to run through and one more pink selfie.
Then, Emmalynn and I finished colorful and strong.
Allana was waiting at the finish line for us. Like a good big sister and running partner, she cheered and ran through the finish with us. After we ran through the finish, we posed for another seflie, of course.
For a full visual effect, we posed for a full body after shot, but Emerson, the race director, photo bombed our color bomb shot.
With the absence of a finish time for this race, our goal was to look like an exploded bag of Skittles. I’d say we certainly reached a new colorful PR for Color Me Rad!