The kids and I, and a friend, did the Run or Dye 5K the day before we left on Spring Break. My mom thought I was crazy, loading up our time right before we left for vacation, and she might have been right. Except for the fact that that was the only thing we had to do that day, along with dropping off the dogs at their assorted caregivers for their own “vacation.”
And so it was.
This event was located right at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, with the 3.2 mile course laid out in the parking lot. Our wave was at 9 am, so luckily between the proximity to our house, and the later start time, we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn.
Almost at the crack of dawn, but not quite.
This was our first 5K to kick off the season this year. The kids and I usually do three or four a year, and it’s definitely a firm signal to Spring weather. The temps were in the mid-60s that day, which was pretty perfect. We’re signed up for one in July, and I’m betting I won’t be saying the same thing about “pretty perfect” weather.
Since the advent of the originator The Color Run, tons of different similarly themed races have been cropping up ever since. Like last year’s Color Me Rad, and this Run or Dye, they’re all basically operating under the same premise. You go through various color stations and have colored powder thrown at you by volunteers.
Tons of fun.
All of the races give a portion of the proceeds to a local charity, which I love, and it makes for awesome photo opps, natch, and generally a great way to kick off your day. Although a good boost of steps for my Fitbit, with its 3.2 miles, the distance is really no big deal. I mean, Madeline has been doing them since she was three.