The Color Me Rad 5k

Posted on 4/28/2014 by Rashelle

Categories: EventsOutdoorTravel

Would you describe Albany, Georgia as “colorful”? We sure would! Not only do we have some of the richest and history and culture in Georgia (which is bursting with history and culture-rich places), but we’ve got creativity coming out of our ears. Have you checked out the Art Park on Pine yet? Well, what are you waiting for?! It’s an outdoor, open-air community art gallery featuring pieces by some of our most talented locals. In the sense of urban renewal, the Art Park has repurposed one of the oldest facades in Albany – one that, at one point, was eyed for demolition when the Art Park idea was created. The space is also an event facility available for performances and gatherings, like the after party for the Color Me Rad 5k. The Color Me Rad 5k, which will take place this year on October 5, is an event benefitting a local charity featuring literal bursts of color in the form of colored corn starch exploding all over the runners as they make their way through the course.

They begin the run in a clean, white shirt, and by the end are covered from head to toe and everything in between with every color of the rainbow. Why, you ask? Well, why not? “Color runs” were actually inspired by the ancient Hindu festival of Holi, the springtime celebration of life, color, and love – all the things that modern-day “color runs” attempt to evoke in their participants. If you can’t wait until October for Color Me Rad, join us for the Color the Grove 5k on Saturday, May 3, to benefit Darton Boosters and the Flint RiverQuarium, one of Albany’s anchor attractions. The course begins right at our own Welcome Center at 112 Front Street, and included in your $30 fee is a t-shirt, a packet of color dye, free admission for one to the RiverQuarium, and the experience of a lifetime. And isn’t that really what art is all about, anyway? Art may not always lift your spirits, but it should make you feel something. And if you’re gonna feel something… we hope it’s something bright and beautiful!

The Color Me Rad 5k
(Photo by Jon Miller on Flickr)

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