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The Erie Day School’s Fun Color Run & Walk has been moved to Frontier Park this year and it is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.). Here are more details from the sponsor:
Boys, girls, fathers, mothers, friends and families can all get in on the crazy color fun and turn the color of a rainbow by participating in this unique event. Run or walk through Frontier Park while being colored (volunteers will be spraying colored water) the shades of a rainbow at red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple ‘color stations,’ (a complimentary white t-shirt will be distributed to all participants). A Fun Color Award Ceremony and picnic lunch will be served at the conclusion of the event. The Fun Color Run is a loop around the park property – following its paths and trails – the more loops you do, the more colorful you get. Whether you’re an experienced runner or a casual walker – this event is for you. Please note this is not a ‘timed’ event. If the event is canceled due to unsafe, inclement weather, your registration fee is non-refundable. Headphones and bicycles are not allowed on the course. All proceeds from the Fun Color Run go towards the Adopt-a-Scholar Program at Erie Day School.
You may remember I did this one with my girls last year and we had a blast. It’s a very low-key and family friendly event. You can run the loop as many times as you like and they simply spray you with color (no chalk in your face!) and there’s a nice little picnic after.
AND…the prices are family-friendly (just $25 for a family of three or more).
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any race and especially true for any Erie Runners Club races. The ERC is an all-volunteer organization. Nobody gets paid to put on races or to direct them, but….there are perks given to those who volunteer.*
Little known fact: In most of the ERC races, if you volunteer in some capacity, you get a free entry which can be used for that race (either for you or for someone else) or for a future ERC race.
BTW, there are plenty of jobs you can do that will still allow you to participate in the race (packet pickup, registration, etc.). Why do you think you see the Cass’ working so many packet pickups and registration tables? Those race fees add up when you have two or more family members running!
Interested in volunteering for a future ERC race? You can contact that race’s director directly (say that three times fast). Find contact info for most local race directors here or you can email or text ERC President, David Comi at 814-881-0060.
Need to fundraise?
Got a group (scouts, sports, church, etc.) that needs to raise funds? Round them up and have them volunteer for a race! The ERC will donate $5 for each volunteer you provide. A few notes on this program from Comi:
This money is donated in lieu of the t-shirts we usually give our volunteers. Your group can also use this time to qualify for community service hours, if needed. So it can be a great fundraiser and more, along with a fun time for all. I can be reached at 814-881-0060.
Shut out of the Color Run – Volunteer x 2 & get in!
We have a limited number of entries to The Color Run to provide to volunteers who help us at two upcoming events on May 17 and June 22–The Zombie Run and The Biggest Loser RunWalk. For volunteers who help us out at both events, we will provide a free entry to the sold-out race, coming to downtown Erie on Saturday, August 9. Volunteers must help at both events in their entirety to receive the free race entry, and should email me at email@example.com to register and for more information.
* The volunteer policies are always set by the individual race director, so check to be sure the director offers a free entry for volunteers — the information provided above is exclusive to the ERC races, not all local/regional races.
I wasn’t sure if they’d sell out the Color Run in Erie, but…I had seen other Color Runs in bigger cities sell out in 48 hours, so I didn’t hesitate to get the girls and I signed up. Sure enough, word came last week that the event is sold out. They expect 10,000 runners and walkers. TEN THOUSAND. (Wow!)
If you waited too long to register, you can still be a part of the largest run ever held in Erie.
From the Volunteer Erie blog:
The Erie Color Run 5K race, set for Aug. 9 in downtown Erie, is sold out, with 10,000 runners and walkers signed up to participate. If you missed out, you can still participate in this unique event as a volunteer.
The Color Run event organizers are working with United Way of Erie County who is recruiting volunteers. They have created a place for volunteers to sign up through their Get Connected platform that can be accessed here: http://www.getconnectederie.org/volunteer/agency/need/?need_id=35297
Also known as The Happiest 5K on the Planet, the Color Run is a 5-kilometer, untimed race in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer mark.
General public registration starts TODAY for the Color Run, the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” to be held in downtown Erie on Saturday, August 9.
More than 4,000 have already signed up through The VIP registration platform. The race is capped (I heard 10,000 but I don’t know that for sure), so if you’re interested, don’t wait. These events typically sell out early.
Here are more details from the Erie Sports Commission who brought the event to town:
Registration for the Erie event, which is scheduled to start in front of the courthouse on 6th Street and conclude with a colorful finish-line festival in Perry Square, is only $25 per person until March 1st. Individual registration after March 1st is $40 while teams of four or more participants can sign up for $35 per person.
More than a million people have participated in The Color Run, which boasts a presence on almost every continent on Earth. The Color Run is an untimed 5K race in which thousands of participants start the race wearing white and are doused from head to toe in different colors along the event course.
United Way of Erie County, celebrating its 100th fundraising campaign this year, will receive a portion of the proceeds from the race, which will serve as a kick-off event for Celebrate Erie.
For more information on The Color Run in Erie visit www.thecolorrun.com/erie.
About ESC: The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.
BTW — I happen to know that the ESC is bringing a couple of other cool events to town this year that have not been announced yet. Stay tuned!
Time, location & details have yet to be announced, but you can sign up to join the VIP list, which I’ll assume means you’ll be one of the first to know when more details are available.
What Is The Color Run?
From their website:
“Also known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet, we love chucking paint and making people smile. At more than 1,000,000+ Color Runners strong, The Color Run is on almost every single continent on EARTH!
Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.
With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
1. Wear white at the starting line
2. Finish plastered in color!
The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!
It’s a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. We’re making rainbows all over the world, come join us!”
We are about 7 miles into a planned 15-miler early Saturday morning when Heather D. says, “What time do you need to be at that color run?”
“9 a.m.” I say, running along. “In Fairview.”
Heather looks at her watch and says, “Uh…I don’t think you’re going to be able to make it.” (We were in Waterford at this point).
“What? Really? How did I figure that wrong?” I say as I try to calculate the math in my head. Distance+speed+shower & drive time. “Crap!”
We end up deciding to cut the run slightly short, shaving off less than 2 miles. I’ll make it up at the color run. I apologize profusely to Heather D. for at least three miles.
We get home at 8:20 a.m. Dan helps get the girls ready while I shower. surprisingly, we’re in the car by 8:45 a.m. It takes a good 30 minutes to get to Fairview. I tell the girls to watch for cops (Mother of the Year, I know) as we speed over I-90. (Safely, I swear…we weren’t going that fast).
We pull into Camp Notre Dame at 9:10 a.m. and the race director — the Erie Day School’s Julie Kresge — sees us coming and has our packets out and ready to hand to us. We run into the bathroom to change into our white shirts, which, thankfully, fit us all well. I grab my camera and we set off on the 3/4 mile loop course through the camp trails, in search of our first color station — yellow.
The trails are a wee bit muddy, but that just makes it more fun. We have every intention of getting dirty and stained anyway.
At the cabin area we find a volunteer with a spray bottle in each hand. One by one, we spread our arms out, present our chests, and she uses both bottles to spray us with ink. We turn and she sprays our backs, too.
We giggle and admire each others’ shirts as we run off to Fort Silver. This is going to be cool.
We find a volunteer at the fort with orange and hot pink ink bottles. He sprays us before we run to find red at the Ranger Post, then blue at the pool (of course), purple at the Nature Lodge and green back at the registration table.
We are a rainbow of colors after just one run through the course, but the girls want to do the loop again and get even more colorful. We take it slower this time and enjoy the scenery. We stop at the pond and take pictures, we walk a little more than we run. We laugh and talk. Kelly grows impatient with our pace and runs out ahead.
When we’re done with our three loops, we lounge around outside in the grass, drinking water while we wait for the hot dogs Julie’s husband is cooking over a charcoal fire.
I look at my GPS history and realize our long run that morning was one of the fastest we’ve done so far. Who’d have ever thought my lousy math skills would actually benefit my pace?
BTW — the Erie Day School’s Fun Color Run was not a race. It wasn’t timed, but it was an awesome family-friendly event. The girls loved it and ran most the way on each of the 3/4 mile loops. You were supposed to run it three times, but it didn’t really matter if you walked and did just one loop or ran and did all three. Even the youngest of kids could (and did) do the race. And they offered a family-friendly price of $25 (total) for a group of three or more, so it didn’t cost us a fortune and we didn’t have to drive to Pittsburgh or Cleveland or Buffalo. We loved it! Put this one on your must-do-for-fun list for next year!
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“What ends up revealing itself when free writing is that everything has meaning. That is a magnificent gift of writing. If we write from a free heart-gut place, our souls start speaking.”
So….a reader requested a list of area adventure & fun runs within a 2-hour driving distance and, I was like…sure, no problem. Then I spent like four hours compiling this list because there are so many! Who knew? Now we all do.
Whatever trips your trigger (mud, color, girls-only, seriously tough, etc.), there’s a race for you nearby. Heck, there are 5 cool ones right here in Erie!
BTW — there are many more races in PA, Ohio & NY…I just stuck to the ones that I felt were within an easy driving distance. If I’ve left any off the list, comment below or email me at zipdang22 at aol.
* Jog ‘n Hog — Presque Isle State Park – June 15 (Run 2 miles, eat pepperoni balls, run back 2 miles)
* Erie Day School Fun Color Run & Walk — Camp Notre Dame in Fairview — June 15 (color run/walk, not timed, very family friendly)
* 3 Mile Isle – Presque Isle State Park – July 27 (Three-mile obstacle/adventure run)
* Beast on the Bay - Presque Isle State Park – September 7 (Erie’s biggest obstacle course — 4, 6, 8 and 12-mile options)
* Mud on the Mountain — Seven Springs, PA — May 11 (7.7 mile/26-obstacle mud/adventure run)
* Dirty Girl 5K — Pittsburgh, PA — June 8 (5K mud run that caters to women)
* Project Mud — Wampump, PA — July 13 (5K mud run)
* Run for Your Lives — Wampum, PA — August 3 (5K obstacle/zombie course)
* Muddy & Messy 5K — Conneaut Lake, PA — July 27 (5K mud/adventure run)
* Warrior Dash — Long Pond, PA — Aug. 24 (3.32-mile mud run)
* Gladiator Rock ‘n Run — Export, PA — Sept. 7 (5K mud run)
* Savage Race — Albrightsville, PA — Sept. 14 (4-6-mile mud run)
* Hardcore Mud Run — Phillipsburg, PA — Sept. 28-29 (6.5-mile obstacle course with 18 to 20 obstacles -hardcore)
* Warrior Dash — Butler, OH — June 1-2— (3.2 mile mud run)
* Cleveland Challenge Urban Adventure Race — Cleveland, OH — June 8 (5K “Amazing Race” style scavenger hunt race)
* Dirty Girl 5K — Cleveland, OH — July 20 (5K mud run that caters to women)
* Color Run — Cleveland, OH — Sept. 21 (5K “color run”)
* Kiss me Dirty 5K — Kissing Bridge Ski Resort — June 1 & 2 (5K mud run for women — men can race in drag!)
* Holiday Valley Mudslide — Ellicottville, N.Y. — June 15 (3.5 or 5.4- mile mud run — no shocks, no fire, no barbed wire)
* Color Me Rad — Darian Lake, NY — June 22 (5K color run)
* Tough Mudder — Andover, NY — July 27 & 28 (10 to 12-mile obstacle course – hard core)
* Color Run — Buffalo, NY — Aug. 17 (5K “color run”)
* Hardcore Mud Run — Swain, NY — Aug. 17 (6.5-mile obstacle course with 18 to 20 obstacles, hardcore)
* Run For Your Lives — Batavia, NY — Aug. 17 (5K obstacle/zombie course)
* Tough Mudder — St. Clairsville, OH — Aug. 24 & 25 (10 to 12-mile obstacle course – hard core)
* Dirty Girl 5K — Buffalo, NY — Sept. 7 & 8 (5K mud run that caters to women)
* Muddy Viking — Bemus Point, NY — Oct. 5 (Four-mile mud run)
As I mentioned in my Things I Found post last week, Erie runner and blogger Rhonda Berlin and her daughter, Katie, 11, recently did the Color me Rad run in Pittsburgh (Aug. 25).
I recently did a little Q&A with Rhonda to find out more about this colorful event. (BTW — If you’re wondering was a color run is, click here)
It was not a “race,” right? It was not a race.
How long was it (5K)? What was the terrain? It’s a 5K. It started on a dirt track and then went onto paved roads. This particular course started at the Washington Country Fairgrounds. Part of it went through a residential area.
Is it timed at all? Were there awards? To quote the website “we don’t even own a watch.” You only wear numbers so that you can find yourself in the pictures later.
How much was registration? Registration started at $30 early on and went up after that. By the time it got to $45 the race had sold out anyway. The nice people at Color Me Rad gave Katie & I our registrations for free in exchange for my chatter on my blog.
Did you have to wear your own white stuff (they did not provide that, correct)? Did you have to pre-wash or treat it in any way? They did not provide your white gear, however there were white Color Me Rad t-shirts at packet pickup available for purchase if you wish. No pre-treating necessary, but people with light hair were advised that some leave-in conditioner was not a bad thing. We just wore bandannas on our heads.
Does the color stay in/on your clothes? Do you have to do anything special to “lock” it in? According to the website, you can soak the clothing in vinegar prior to washing and lock in the tie-dye. However, we were driving back to Erie and the powder was sort of coming off of us everywhere. We opted to wear cheap-o clothes and throw them away after the race.
Who is throwing stuff at you? There is a huge team of volunteers called “The Bomb Squad.” These people were very dedicated to their work.
What are they throwing at you? Color bombs are made of cornstarch and some sort of coloring. They were also available for purchase at the finish line. Registration included one color bomb, which was handed to us right before we crossed the finish line. Two of the stations were spraying color on us- I’m not sure what it contained, but it was liquid.
How often are they throwing color at you ? There were 5 color bombing stations on the course. I’m not sure how exactly they were spaced out, but we felt like we got bombed fairly often.
Does it hurt? Not at all. The only problem we had was that we were smiling and laughing a lot, which meant we got some in our mouths. The pink color bombers were particularly thorough and we had to stop and spit some pink coloring.
What if it gets in your eyes? We got Color Me Rad sunglasses in our swag bags and the organizers recommend that you wear them (or some other eye protection). We saw some guys with swim goggles on- it was funny and effective.
Can you see? Does it ever get so clouded with color that you can’t see in front of you? The Color bombing stations are literally a big cloud that you run through. But, there are so many people around that you just sort of follow the crowd. People tended to slow down on purpose at the stations so that they could get thoroughly tie-dyed.
You mentioned going in waves? How many waves were there…do you know? Were you organized by speed? I have no idea how many waves there were. When Katie & I finished there were still people starting. When you register, you sign up for a particular wave. But, once we arrived no one seemed to care about that. You just jumped into the corral and the volunteers would loop a rope at a cut-off point and send that group of people off together.
You did this with your daughter, Katie – what did she think of the experience? At the finish line she said to me, “I want to do that again.” I said, “Ok, maybe we could come back next year.” She said, “No, I mean now! I want to go again!”
Did you run the whole time? No. First of all, I give big props to anyone who runs in Pittsburgh all the time. Those hills are brutal. But, even if we wanted to, it was almost impossible. There were just so many people and things got a little congested around the color bomb stations so it was necessary to walk. The atmosphere was like a big running party. When we slowed down we just started high-fiving runners that were coming the other way.
Did you see any other Erie runners there? No. But, I did see a group of girls wearing Mercyhurst t-shirts and I gave them a holler out on the course.
Were there lots of spectators/crowd support? There were lots of spectators that tagged along with runners, but they were mostly congregated at the finish line. Ken & Mandy watched from the finish line but decided that if we go again, they are running! This thing is too fun to just observe.
Would you do another one? Any time, any place!
Anything I left out that I should mention? If your kids claim to hate running, take them to a Color Me Rad race. They will love it. Also, do not be alarmed if you blow your nose later in the day and it is blue.