PHOTOS & VIDEO: Color Me Rad Philadelphia 2012

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Adventure and obstacle runs like Tough Mudder, Muck Ruckus, Spartan Challenge, Warroir Dash and Down & Dirty Runs have become increasingly popular.  And while completing such a run is quite an awesome accomplishment, it is really, really hard.  So if you are looking for a run with all the awesome, but almost none of the difficulty, the Color Me Rad 5K is just that.  Aside from running 3 miles that is, the rest of the run is just pure colorful fun.

Color Me Rad Philadelphia took place this year at Fairmount Park on June 17 and benefited the Special Olympics in Philadelphia. The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. By launching huge amounts of colored cornstarch, Color Me Rad staged a 5K race that transformed it’s participants into rainbows in human form. Runners were encouraged to wear plain white t-shirts while colors such as neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow covered them throughout the race.

The race concluded with an entertaining finish-line finale as sprinters chucked colors at each other in celebration. The race’s noncompetitive idea shifts the prominence of speed to fun and silliness all in efforts for charity. The coloring race began at 8 am with runners getting covered with paint every 5 minutes. Each section of the run added a new explosion of color to the runners until they crossed the finish line.

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