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Monday, 15 June 2015

LIFESTYLE | COLOR OBSTACLE RUSH 2015

As I write this, (Sunday evening, that is/was) I've not long woken up from a well deserved nap which was proceeded by a (for a little, anyway) fully clothed hot shower where I scrubbed at my skin like a madwoman - and even now parts of my skin still have a green twinge to them. Unfortunately I'm not suffering from an uber cool incredible hulk comedown, although I do kinda feel like the incredible hulk after today.

Today I ran (okay walked and jogged a little!) my first ever 5k run! Or to be more specific, it was a colour obstacle rush which was a 5k run and obstacle course mixed whilst we continually got dry paint thrown over us.

And it was SO. DAMN. FUN.

If you've never heard of a colour festival or colour run before I don't know where you've been but the general gist of it is you run around and complete random obstacles whilst trying to get covered in as much colour as possible. I mean the aim isn't to get covered but that's the fun part. There are colour stations (including one pitch black box where you have to crawl/roll around on the paint covered floor) and people helping colour you up after each obstacle. At the last one, one worker dude saw his chance and took it, deciding to throw the dry paint right in my face as I got to the bottom of the giant slide (thanks dude, although it was hilarious).

When we first began the race, our t-shirt was white. By the end, let's just say it definitely was not.

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Messy messy people
So running a race and getting paint thrown over you doesn't sound fun but it really really is. Some of the obstacles are a little challenging whilst still being fun, as in everyone can do them but you do have to push yourself a little. I was super proud to say I completed every single one! Even if I did almost fall over the side of one of them and crawl into a wall in another...

The best part is the end where you participate in a mini colour festival. Upon completing the course, you get a medal and a paint pack and then run over to the party area where they play upbeat rave/clubbing tunes. The DJ guy then really gears you up and has you crouch down before the beat drops. He counts you in and as the beat does drop everyone just jumps up and releases their paint, throwing it high and raving and jumping about. It really is such a fun and ecstatic feeling and it looks beautiful too seeing all this coloured powder in the air momentarily! It's so colourful and fun.

Even though it rained for us, this kinda added to the challenge. I mean by the time we were finished we were freezing our bums off but whilst going round we were too hyped to even notice the cold. It have been a little nicer if we could have stayed and partied for a bit if the weather was nice but we were in dire need of a beer and hot food...

I found the event could have been arranged or organised a little better, though considering it was the first colour run for Milton Keynes they did do well. There were no injuries or trouble or anything like that that I'm aware of but the downside of the day was having to queue so long to just get onto the course. There were so many people there. I think this could have been avoided by having hourly running slots rather then ones every fifteen minutes.

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We made it!
However, saying that, I thought the staff were fab and everyone managed to get everyone else really pumped and hyped up for the event. The actual colour festival at the end was amazing and definitely something I will always remember. Major props to the DJ dude for helping with the build up for that.

If you're looking for something fun and different to do this summer or enjoy your fitness and participating in a bit of a challenge, then this is definitely for you. It's a lot of fun to take part in as a group and I'm super proud of my two friends, my brother and I for actually managing the whole 5k without skipping any obstacles and without stopping once. I mean that's not to say we ran the whole thing, but we ran a little bit so that's something! Also, a colour rush is just a tad more fun then a colour run as it breaks it up a bit and makes it more exiting.

The next colour obstacle rush is in London on the 28th June and you can sign up for it here.


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2 comments:

  1. I'm going to do a dye run next year once I've got a little fitter. Your pics have got me so excited. It looks like such a great time

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  2. this seems to be so much fun! I have never been on these type of parties :(

    xx

    Dominika

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