On the weekend I got the chance to participate in the Montreal Color Run. A 5km family-friendly fun run where participants start the race wearing all white, However they don’t stay that way for long.Throughout the race there are various color stations associated with different colors. Runners are used as human canvas’s as they pass through each color zone and are bombarded by volunteers with dyed corn starch of different colors, Which results in a very colorful outcome by the end of the race.
They call it the “The Happiest 5k on the Planet”
I’m a bit ashamed to admit that this is the first ever charity run I have done, or running event period for that matter. Even though the event was not timed and was completely at your own pace. I figured it would be a good chance to test my fitness levels and see how much my 3 day a week boot camp I’ve been attending the past 3 months had paid off. Plus C’mon who doesn’t want to have an excuse to get covered in a variety of colors. Plus It also had the added benefit of helping out a local a charity, In this case Montreal Canadians Children’s Foundation.
It was funny how as the race progressed people got increasingly more desperate to cover themselves in as much color as they could find. Our team was especially guilty of this when we got to one color checkpoint instead of passing through we decided it would be an awesome idea to roll around in all the colored powder on the ground.
The event is even more fun when you do it in teams. There were numerous team’s wearing silly costumes, from matching pink wigs,fairy wings, sunglasses to matching tutu’s.
While the team I was in made up of fellow boot campers I had been training with the past few months at Lemieux Training weren’t wearing anything crazy (As funny/terrifying as me wearing a tutu would be) we all had a blast and even celebrated by going out for Poutine and burgers at Dunn’s afterwards.
So If you want to get some exercise, help out a local charity and brighten your day I would highly recommend you round up a bunch of your friends form a team and give the Color Run a go, It will definitely brighten your day.
I’d like to use this opportunity to give a shout out to Jon at Lemieux Training his boot camps have gotten me in the best shape I’ve been in my life. So if your living in Montreal and looking for an outdoor boot camp that has a really fun atmosphere then be sure to check out Lemieux Training. They also runs hiking clinics in the fall and spring.