The Color Run Nashville Recap & Photos

Updated 9-14-13 to remove broken images.

I first found out about The Color Run on Pinterest early this year. I saw the picture below and thought HOW FUN! Looked to see what cities were available and discovered they were coming to Nashville, which is a short drive from Knoxville. I waited, not too patiently for registration, and signed us up the minute registration opened. We figured it would be a fun race and a great weekend away.

Between signing up for The Color Run and the actual date, we discovered Color Me Rad was coming to Knoxville in early October. Two color races in a month? Yes, please. I noticed so many fun tutus at Color Me Rad that I asked my fabulously talented cousin L if she could make me one for The Color Run. This was the result:

The Color Run - Glenneth

Along with my hubby, some friends of ours, their kids, and the kid’s friends traveled to Nashville for the race. Here are the 5 teenagers! They had a blast!

The Color Run - Teenagers

There were over 15,000 participants in the race. All lines were HUGE! I decided to shop some, but couldn’t even get close to their store before or after the race. I will also say the porta-a-potties needed serious attention. Thank goodness I didn’t need to go that badly.

The Color Run Start Line

They let people start about every 1-2 minutes. The race started at 9, we got out about 10. Waiting was a little boring and I think we all got stiff just standing around. And then we were off! I was concerned because this race also started out up hill (not good for my calf), but the incline was very slight and my calf rocked the race Sunday.

The Color Run Close to Start

Check out the shirts – “Run or Dye” – so creative.

The Color Run - Love the Shirts

LOVE the knee socks! I cannot find anywhere that sells fun knee socks. Ideas?

The Color Run - Love the Socks

One of my favorite pictures from the race – looking up at the “bat building.”

The Color Run - Bat Building

The color stations were out of control. Color EVERYWHERE! I am going to do a post comparing The Color Run and Color Me Rad, but I will say that The Color Run was extremely generous with color.

The Color Run - Yellow

LOVE the orange!

The Color Run - Orange

Between stations, starting to get colorful.

The Color Run - Between Stations

The blue station was INTENSE. Probably 10 volunteers constantly throwing color everywhere. Just a wall of blue dust.

The Color Run - Blue Station

Check out the girls after all the color stations:

The Color Run Girls

Here I am after all the color stations:

The Color Run After all Stations

And FINISHED! Although, if you are going to call yourself the happiest 5K on earth – get close to being a 5K. Race distance measured 2.6 miles.

The Color Run Finish Line

Hubby, his friend J, and J’s sister K had run the race and finished before us. He had my color packet (they give each runner a color packet for after the race). Hubby decided to have a little fun with the green packet. This was the result:

The Color Run - Green

Up close:

The Color Run Green closeup

I had green everywhere – even between my toes. Check out the color dust around us. Color, color everywhere.

The Color Run

It was a fabulous race! So great to see so many people out getting in some exercise and having fun at the same time. If you ever have the chance to do a color race (any kind) – DO IT! They are TONS of fun.

31 Responses to “The Color Run Nashville Recap & Photos”

  1. I cant believe it took us (the royal us πŸ™‚ humanity) SO LONG TO THINK OF THIS!

    so fun….

  2. You look almost as messy as I was – I got some on my teeth during the last station at the Denver one, which I thought was hilarious! It was a really fun event though and I agree with your recommendation to do it! πŸ™‚

    • Glenneth

      i never got any on my teeth, but i know i swallowed a whole bunch.

  3. Love the tutu!!! And it does sound like a fun race. i want to do it in ATL this coming year if it works out schedule wise. Although that’s crazy it was 1/2 a mile short!

    • Glenneth

      thanks tina! both color races we did were short. they are really more about the fun then the distance i guess. atlanta would be a great place for a color run!

    • Glenneth

      thanks! hubby LOVED dumping the green packet on me. think it was more fun than the actual race for him.

  4. Love the tutu!!! You can get a ton of cool knee socks in Target right now too. I got some fun ones for the Halloween Spinning classes I’ll be teaching next week!

    • Glenneth

      thanks! our target had like 2 pairs of knee socks the last time i was in there. heading back again this weekend, will check again. thanks!

      • I just checked again yesterday, and our Target has a ton in bright colors. I got some more crazy ones for myself!

    • Glenneth

      oh no! i am so sorry they canceled your race. maybe next year?

  5. Looks like fun! In terms of the colorful knee socks, check your local sporting goods store. Not the big box stores like Dicks (thought they would probably have them too), but I’m talking the one that supplies all the local sports teams with their uniforms and stuff. They usually have a good selection of colors and styles AND at a great price (usually under $5 here in pricey NE). Another place to check is Target if you want holiday specific, they tend to do seasonal socks and always seem to have knee highs.

  6. I did the MN Color Run this summer and it was so much fun! Much more laid back then most races, great change for me πŸ™‚

  7. I’m glad you had fun, but I’m disappointed to hear that the Nashville Color Run was also not a full 5K. After I did the Boston one, I was incredibly disappointed both by the disorganization and the deceptive distance. I had hoped that it was just a fluke with the Boston organization team, but now I see that it may be something pretty common with this group.

    Regardless, the color stations were a LOT of fun. I certainly enjoyed the novelty aspect of the race.

    • Glenneth

      hi becki! apparently the lack of distance is common with all the color races. i did both color me rad and the color run and neither even got to 3 miles. i will say color me rad was much more organized (in my opinion). i will be doing a blog post comparing the two soon.

  8. Looks like so much fun! I’m doing the one in New Orleans in November! Can’t wait! Love the tutu! And google about the socks…you can find them a lot of places online! And Target usually has fun knee high socks too! Question….does all that color come out of your clothes???

  9. That looks like so much fun! Kind of funny that they messed up the distance though.

  10. The Color Run was so much fun when I did it in Michigan over the summer! What an awesome atmosphere! Oh.. btw.. Target sells cheap knee socks! πŸ™‚ I rocked some $2 for mine πŸ˜‰

  11. Sounds like you had a great time! Love the photos too! I have had my Garmin be a bit longer on races from weaving, lol Shorter is not good though.

  12. What fun! I have seen so many great pics from all the ‘Color’ races…
    I have decided that I am way too much of a neat freak, lol!
    Seriously anal and I would freak out with that stuff on my face!
    Ok, so maybe it is an OCD thing, but I will leave that entry open for another runner! πŸ˜‰
    As for knee socks, they are hot right now! Target has tons of them and they are cute!

  13. Wow!! Looks like y’all had a great time. I was supposed to run the color run in DC but stress fracture prevented that.

  14. I had fun running the color run. Lots of color flying around. But was disappointed that it wasn’t a 5k as advertised.

  15. I love love love the tutu! So adorable!!! These pics absolutely rock. It’s true what they say-a picture is worth a thousand words. Cheers! Tara πŸ™‚

  16. Love the pictures – – I would suggest socks on the Pigeon Forge shopping list. πŸ™‚