NYC Round 3: Color Me Rad 5K Recap

23 Jul

This past weekend, Mark (the husband) and I took our third trip to NYC this Summer to take part in the NYC/NJ Color Me Rad 5K. We originally chose this location so that Mark’s brother, Bill could run with us. We all did the event together in Albany last year and had a total blast!

Albany CMR 5K September 2012

Albany CMR 5K September 2012

Unfortunately, Bill was not able to get away from work to join us this year. We still got to spend some quality time together exploring the city, so we are really glad we still made the trip!

Mark and I ended up heading to Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday to run anyway. If you’ve never been to Met Life Stadium (or even if you have), let me just tell you it is really confusing to navigate around. And there were no signs directing people where to go for the event AT ALL. Luckily, we found it and paid $10 to park on top of the registration fee we had already paid a few months ago (Strike #2?).

Upon entering the event area, we were met with the RAD atmosphere – tons of people in white t-shirts waiting to be color bombed, upbeat music, free samples of energy products, general fun and antics. We were ready for another fun time!



After getting our bibs and awesome swag (sunglasses, temporary tattoos, blue Color Me Rad t-shirt), we got in line to make our way to the start. They keep things moving quickly by sending waves of people off about every 5 minutes or so.

The course was set up in a zig-zag pattern with cones around the stadium parking lot. This meant that we could see the whole course at once, which I feel took some of the excitement out of it. There were several color stations on the course, including a couple where volunteers threw the color powder and a couple where they sprayed you with wet color. These stations are supposed to be high energy and you’re supposed to get blasted with color. A few of the stations were a bit…flat. At least one of the stations felt very much like “self-service.”

We still ended up pretty colorful!



Mapmyrun clocked the distance at 2.8 miles. Hmm, not a full 5K. Fellow runners will understand my annoyance with this point, even in a fun run.

After we finished, we grabbed a color bomb and headed over to the party at the stage to toss more color in celebration. It’s always a fun time to throw color at each other and dance to fun music!


Color bombs!

Since we’ve done this event before, I felt myself comparing the two experiences. Overall, I felt last year’s event in Albany was more rad than this year’s NYC version. Despite the mixed review here, we did have a lot of fun running it again and we are likely to be repeat offenders for this or similar events!



Any fellow Color Me Radders? Where did you run and what did you think?



2 Responses to “NYC Round 3: Color Me Rad 5K Recap”

  1. Tina July 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    I ran the Color Me Rad two weeks ago and loved it! I didn’t want to leave I was having so much Those pictures looks awesome!

    • Nikki July 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      We felt the same way last year! NYC just didn’t measure up.

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