I've been participating in out-of-the-ordinary running events for years now and have been bringing Skye along more all the time. Cindy decided to join us on our latest, most colorful endeavor, the Color in Motion 5K.
I've seen pictures of the festival in India for years now. It's it on my to-do list of festivals, along with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnival in Rio, La Tomitina in Spain, to name just a few.
I know a 5K in Baton Rouge is a far cry from the spectacular party over in the sub-continent but it seemed like a good way to get out the family out and about on a Saturday morning.
Bring on the Color
A packet of colorful powder comes in the race packet along with a white shirt that would most undoubtedly be completely saturated with color by the time we crossed the finish line.
We were instructed to hold onto to our baggies of fairy dust until the end when the color toss happened. Our clothes would look like they'd been tie-dyed by the end of the day.
There were several color stations along the way with volunteers armed with colorful powders. However the amount of colored dust that actually ended up landing on us was shockingly little. You had to practically run up to color tossers and beg to get showered for your clothes to look like you did anything other than a regular 5K.
I ended up literally rolling through one of the stations and still my shorts came out pretty unscathed.
But we still had a fun time, starting off with us doing the "wave".
Geeking Out with the Go-Pro
It was also a good opportunity to play around with the Go-Pro. I was actually sporting 2 of them. One running video strapped around my head and one on my wrist for stills as well as videos.
Unfortunately, I didn't pay that close attention to the lense on the one on my wrist and all of the photos are, well a little hazy and blurry.
A good thing I had back up.
The final color toss was a lot of fun and by the time that was over we really were covered in color.
Skye got the best view in the house.
The first "Color Run" debuted in January of 2012 and has grown to over 100 events and over a million participants in 2013.
It's marketed as a race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.
That all sounds good to me and anything to get people to be more active is well worth supporting.
Holi has been a celebration in India for hundreds of years. It's meaning and significance changing with the times and the regions.
An ancient Hindu festival of India. originally known as 'Holika': it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.
Now it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring where participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.
Still very much on my list of festivals to attend.