In MAY The Color Run made an announcement that they would be bringing their race series to the Tampa area in December. I immediately signed up my entire clan and for the past month or so the anticipation was really building in our house! I run a lot of races, but do 99% of them alone (or with friends.) But once a year, we do a family 5K. This was our 2012 Family 5K and we were EXCITED! And then bird flu hit our house hard By Thursday it was obvious that at least 2 of the kids weren't going to be able to do the run and since an adult needed to stay with them, and I am the runner in the house, I decided it would be dad that would stay home Thankfully I was able to quickly and painlessly sell our 3 extra registrations (and kudos to the Color Run folks who would have refunded me my $$ if I had not been able to sell them.)
Ella was the one child that was well enough to go with me! I woke her up at 6am, we quickly got dressed and went out for breakfast. We arrived in St. Pete around 7:15am and had plans to meet up with some of the Tampa Bay Bloggers at 8am. Traffic was BAD! So even though we got there early, it took us a long time to park. We decided to consider today our Mommy/Ella date day!
We made it over to the Christmas Tree at Straub Park and found our friends and together we started over towards the start line!
The color was really pretty cool. It was cornstarch though in such large amounts it still did bother the eyes, nose, and throat. I was glad I had brought bandanas for me and Ella, though she didn't really wear hers too much. The 3 miles went FAST! There was only one water station and by the time we got there Ella was very thirsty! Going through the course I noticed more people walking than running, and some of those that were running were pretty aggressive, like they thought it was timed or something
There were 4 color stations: Pink, Blue, Orange and Yellow. Orange was Ella's favorite station!
We had a great time walking the course with my friends and her two son's. It was really neat to see all the costumes, and how much fun everyone was having!
Ella and I both agreed that we would do it again!
We hung around for a little while and watched a "Color Bomb" go off and Ella played on the playground, but then we were hungry so we decided it was time to head home! We stopped at Evos for lunch (YUM!!) and made it home by 1pm! It was a wonderful 7 hours of quality time with my middle child.
I need to think about having a 5K date day with each of my kids in addition to the yearly Family 5K.
Do you have a race that you like to run together with your kids? Which one?
I'd also like to give a huge high 5 to my new race camera, the Panasonic DMC-TS20K. It's waterproof, dust proof, mud proof, and sweat proof, so expect a LOT more race day pics!!