Last year I ran my first Color run event in Philly and had an absolute blast! It was fun, energizing and so family friendly I vowed to take Little Guy the following year.

He was ecstatic.

If you’re scared of registering for a 5k, I want you to remember this is the same kid who has a hard time running a mile. Running long distance is not something that just comes easily to him, nor me if we want to go there.

I have no desire to make him some sort of track star or avid runner, but I am trying to raise him to be active, confident, and not afraid of new experiences. That’s why I’m continuously looking for new things we can do together like this.

Before the color run

I was hoping we’d run a bit more than we did, but he did great overall. About a quarter mile in he wanted to take a walk break but then he saw the yellow station and got all excited. If you watch the video you may think he ran the whole event but we basically walked until we hit another color, which would give him a burst of energy.

By the end he was tired, achy and begging for a “sit break” but we crossed that finish line strong and as you can see, he had a blast at the color festival!

Color Runs are a fun time and I’d highly recommend them as a first 5k if you are just looking to have a fun morning. There are no chip timers or clocks. Most people walk. It’s really more of a festival than anything else.

However, keep in mind these things are CROWDED. I don’t think I’ve ever waited longer on a start line before. Next time I won’t worry about being on time. They have rolling starts for an hour so unless you get there super early you’re better off arriving almost an hour late to avoid waiting in a crowd. Especially if you are bringing kids.

We went with my friend (and official FitBloggin’ photographer) Carrie and her 5-year-old daughter who did amazing!

Before color run group

After the event we were a colorful mess!

After color run group

My Motivation Turned Workout Partner is growing up too fast.

After color run

Someone make it stop!

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  • Keri

    I signed my 14-year-old daughter up to do a Color Run with me in July. It looks like a great way to get kids excited about activity!

  • http://www.amazinginmotion.wordpress.com/ Aimee

    My son and I did Color Me Rad last year. We had so much fun. This year we are doing Run or Dye and also the Electric Run. He’s only 6, but I’m thrilled that he is excited about doing these events with me. I think keeping it fun at this age is definitely the way to go. And yes they grow up way too quickly!

  • Emily

    We did the Color Run in O.C., CA this past Saturday, and it was AWESOME! It was my first 5k, I am officially obsessed with themed 5ks!

  • Staci Moize

    LOL. Way to get him cleaned up after. That was a hoot!

  • Rose

    “Squirt Me” is too cute!!! We ran a 5k with my son last year that didn’t go as well as we’d hoped…this race looks like something that he might like better with the colors throughout the race to run towards!

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