Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The “Cleanest” Event in New Orleans

At ther race start, the Bride and I are way too clean
I have been to New Orleans many times over the years. I have done a lot of interesting things in the Crescent City, but my experience a few weeks ago takes the king cake for one of the “cleanest” events someone can do in the city, especially during Mardi Gras.

The whole trip down south was spontaneous, only planned the week before. The occasion for the weekend was the marriage of one of my best friends. We had already held the bachelorette party and the wedding was in a week, so we thought why not.

The trip was the bride’s idea for a “final fling before the ring” (as she called it) and it was a chance to check an item off her bucket list, so how could we say “no.” Thankfully, the goal was to participate in a 5K. This was not just any 5K though. It is something called “The Color Run” and this one was actually the Mardi Gras Color Run.

The first color zone: pink!

According to the official Web site, The Color Run is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Color runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds, but everyone toeing the start line has a blast.

After the pink & purple zones, now green!
“Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the three miles of The Color Run course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life!

"The Color Run event requires 1) White shirts at the start line and 2) color plastered everywhere at the finish. Each kilometer of the event is associated with a designated color. (For our run, it was pink, purple, green and yellow.) As the runners/walkers reach the Kilometer COLOR Zones, they are blitzed by volunteers, sponsors, and staff with COLOR.

“All products are 100% natural and safe [made of corn starch]. You can eat the stuff if you’d like [not suggested]. Of course, we save the best for last, ending the race with a color extravaganza of epic proportions. Runner/walkers begin the 5k at the start line like a brand new pristine coloring book. By the end, they look like they fell into a Willy Wonka…tie dyed…vat of colored goodness. We are the creators of an all-new paint race phenomenon.

The crowd near the stage after the race in full COLOR!!!
 “Race Rules are simple: Rule #1 - Be kind to each other because all participants are welcome. / Rule #2 - Wear something white to the start line. / Rule #3 - Don’t throw your color pack before the race. / Rule #4 - Enjoy the colorful Willy Wonka goodness at the finish.”

The end result :)
There were seven of us in our Color Run group and we had a great time, along with hundreds of others. Thankfully, a friend gave us a ride to and from the park since parking is limited. I am not a big fan of going to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but it was the perfect time for us before the wedding. 

There are dozens of these Color Runs held across the nation, so you can take your pick from many cities. For our group though, the day could not have gone any better. The weather was perfect – partially sunny with a slight breeze.

The 5K wound through lovely City Park and created a relaxing atmosphere for walkers, runners, old and young alike as we all started in white and ended up splattered with an array of colors. My friend wore a veil and crown and her white bride-to-be sash came out tie dyed too.

Our COLOR Run group!
For more information about “The Color Run” and to view photos and videos, visit the official Web site at


  1. This sounds like SO much fun! Creative and family friendly. Congrats.

    1. Hi Cheryl!

      It was A LOT of fun! :) Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Have a great weekend!