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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Races, Running | 5 comments

Color Me Rad 5K – Jacksonville, Fl {Giveaway}

Hi, friends!

If you live in Jacksonville, Florida I have something exciting coming at you today!

The super cool people behind the Color Me Rad races reached out me to a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in partnering with them to promote their 5Ks. I jumped at the opportunity because I got to experience the Color Me Rad race in Jacksonville last year and I thought it was such a cool event!

colormeradI didn’t get to run the race last year because I was pregnant and unfortunately my extreme nausea kept me on the sidelines with the spectators, but I had a blast cheering on Dave and some of our favorite friends from the YMCA. Dave and our friends signed up to run the race as a team and got the added fun of picking a team name.

Ladies and gents, allow me to introduce you to “50 Shades of Cray.”

IMG_1454Awesome team name, right? They are awesome people too.

Color Me Rad truly focuses on making running fun. Walkers, joggers and runners of all levels are welcome. The race isn’t meant to be crazy competitive. In fact, Dave said last year the course didn’t even have clocks. You don’t run for time. You don’t run for a PR. You don’t run to lose weight. To quote the people of Color Me Rad…

“Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad. Run for the hell of it.”

That may be my favorite quote ever about running. You run for FUN! When was the last time you did that? (*random tangent: Does anyone remember that episode of Friends where Phoebe and Rachel went running? That’s what I think of when I think of running for fun – Phoebe running like a crazy woman through Central Park.)

IMG_1456Oh, and of course you get color bombed in the process. According to the Color Me Rad’s website

“You’ll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your granddaddy’s dentures and throughout the run, we’ll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until you come out like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side.Β Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.”

Dave said that “50 Shades of Cray” spent the majority of last year’s race attempting to peg each other with color bombs. I watched them cross the finish line and they were all laughing hysterically. I’ve ran a lot of races and I’ve never seen people cross the finish line laughing. I think that is a sign of a good race, don’t you? Apparently Color Me Rad is so fun you don’t even realize you’re running a 5k. Sign me up! The Jacksonville course also took runners onto the Jacksonville Jaguar’s field, which Dave thought was incredibly neat. It isn’t every day you get to run on NFL turf.

Once the race is over, the scene turns into one big dance party. Color Me Rad had a DJ at the finish line last year and as a spectator of the race, I can tell you that a good time was had by all. We all left with a smile and some added color to our life.

colormerad2The color bombs are made from non-toxic and non-rash inducing colored cornstarch so it is a race that is safe for the whole family! In fact, Dave & I have plans to run a Color Me Rad race in NYC this summer and we will most likely be taking Atlas along for the fun.

And just in case I haven’t sold you on Color Me Rad yet, you should also know that a portion of the proceeds from each race goes to a local charity so you’re helping those in your community when you run for fun. πŸ˜‰

And now, for my Jacksonville readers!

TWO (2) of you have the chance to win a FREE entry into this year’s Color Me Rad 5k on March 29th. This year’s race is supporting the Special OlympicsΒ & is guaranteed to raise your spirits, “even when zoloft & balloon animals can’t.”← direct quote from their website. Hilarious.

To enter, simply comment on this post telling me why you want to run Color Me Rad. For a DOUBLE entry, share this post via Facebook or Twitter and let me know in the comments section of this post that you passed along the love. πŸ™‚

Two winners will be selected and announced on Friday.

How many of you have ran a Color Me Rad race before? Tell me about your experience! Be sure to check out Color Me Rad’s website to find a race location near you!Β 


  1. I love the team name. I ran a Color Me Rad about a year or so ago and loved it. I believe our team was the Awkward Turtles? I would love to run it again. Great blog and article!

    • Thanks so much, Katherine! πŸ™‚

  2. This looks like a lot of fun! I’ve only braved 1 5k in my entire life. Embarrassing, but true! I have a DS family friend that participates in the Special Olympics so that gives me more of a reason to rally my friends to run for fun and support this charity. Great blog and thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  3. Would be my first color run. I am sure it would be fun!

  4. I just ran (ok, let’s be honest….power walked and ran in spurts) the color vibe 5k this past Saturday, with one of my girlfriends, and we had the time of our life! It was such a fun experience, and I can’t wait to do something of the nature again! I am starting out on “my path to becoming a runner” and would love to participate in the Color Me Rad race! Coming from someone who would have preferred to stay on the elliptical for 5 hours instead of running a mile or two, this is a GREAT way to wet your appetite for Running and have FUN! I love that you are doing this Ashley! Sharing on FB too….. πŸ™‚


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