After returning from a business trip to Sacramento late on Friday night, I woke up super early on Saturday morning to meet up with a few of my coworkers and run in the inaugural Color Dash at Irvine Lake to benefit the American Heart Association. This was purely a “fun run” – as it was an untimed 5K (although I still timed myself and crossed the finish line in 30:25). The Color Dash is designed to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle through the use of color. As contestants run, walk, and skip (now you know that I didn’t walk or skip!), they’re showered with colors – each representing a different aspect of heart health. The result is a fun and exciting explosion of color that helps support the American Heart Association and their mission to improve lives through active lifestyles and healthy hearts. The result is also a huge mess, as shown below!
The race course was a dirt trail/road that hugged Irvine Lake. As we ran, volunteers threw brightly colored nontoxic cornstarch at us. Even though it wasn’t toxic, it still was annoying to swallow it and breath in it. But, of course, it was all for a good cause.
After the race, we grabbed food from a food truck parked at the lake and then tried our hardest not to make a giant mess of our cars on our way home. When I walked in the house after the race, I completely freaked Dan out, as he didn’t know that I was running a race where I’d come home looking like a creature from Avatar!
Here’s a writeup about the race that was published in The Orange County Register: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stroke-375219-color-satchfield.html. The man who finished second in the race worked as a contractor at my company last year.