It isn’t every day that I participate in something in China that I could also participate in back home in the States. Now, I’m not saying that I ever have any Western experiences in China, because I do. But honestly, apart from hanging out with friends or going shopping, I don’t spend a lot of my spare time participating in things that I would in the U.S., for example The Color Run.
Over the weekend, I did this colorful 5K with a few friends from work. It was an amazing time, as expected, and it was cool to compare this to the time I did The Color Run in Toledo, Ohio.
Thankfully, it was pretty much the exact same thing. I won’t lie, at one point I was worried I had paid to go for a walk but eventually learned that wasn’t true. Phew!
If you’ve never walked or ran a 5K with a rainbow of cornstarch being blasted at you, then you haven’t lived.
Okay, I’m being dramatic but it really is a ton of fun. It isn’t meant to really be a race. You’re welcome to run but most just walk it and play at each checkpoint, ensuring they get the most color possible on their souvenir T-shirts.
Things I preferred in Shanghai:
//The color was sparkly! I’m pretty sure that’s a new edition this year and that its at all locations.
//They had a foam checkpoint. Instead of having color thrown on you at this point, you got to run (walk) through a bunch bubbles! Takes me back to Welcome Weekend at my university.
//We got a fun bag with more promotional goodies than the one three years ago.
//I got a medal this time!!!
//They had photo opportunities everywhere with cute displays to get in!
**I realize some of these changes may have nothing to do with it being in Shanghai but are instead examples of how this run has grown over the last few years.
Things I preferred in Toledo:
//The run back home went through a scenic route downtown. They didn’t need to set up cute displays to take photos at because Toledo has plenty of picture-worthy murals to stop at along the way. In Shanghai, it was through what will probably one day be a park, but for now it just looks like it’s under construction.
//The big festival at the end was so much better. Everyone had so much energy, throwing their color packets and rocking out to the music. It was a great atmosphere.
//I didn’t have to be in a taxi for an hour just to get there. #bigcitystruggles and I didn’t have to walk a half mile just to get to the 5K starting line.
//I didn’t have to go to packet pickup in Toledo. Everything was shipped to my house. This time I had to travel an hour just to get my packet.
//This one I may be mistaken on but I really thought we got more color in Toledo. In Shanghai, the finish line was super anticlimactic. I was a bit underwhelmed when there was nothing there to really mark the ending. The only indicator we had made it was an archway that said Finish Line. Maybe I just expected too much because it was a major let down.
Honestly, both were amazing. I really enjoy doing The Color Run and would recommend it to anyone anywhere.
Have you ever participated in The Happiest 5K in the World anywhere else? Have you done a color run with a different company? I’d love to hear your thoughts!