Monday, June 27, 2016

Color Run 2016

Yesterday, the 2016 Color Run event took place in South Portland.  This year's theme was "Tropicolor"- a tropical, Hawaiian themed race.  It was also what we Disney fans refer to as "Stitch Day" 6/26, (for Experiment 626).  What do you do when they fall on the exact same day?  Why, make a Stitch themed Color Run t-shirt of course!!!

I realized that the Color Run was on Stitch Day shortly after signing up for it.  As soon as I realized it, there was no turning back.  I was making our group Stitch themed shirts no matter what.  Unfortunately, we've been super busy, so I ended up designing it last minute, but they still came out pretty cute!  (If we'd had more time, I would have added the Ohana quote to the back so people behind us could have read that!)

Early yesterday morning, Eliot, my cousin Karen, my Dad and I drove over to South Portland for the Color Run.  We arrived pretty early, and we also got a great parking spot.  (Lesson learned- get there really early before the huge crowds arrive.)

Eliot hurt his back again Friday night, so he found a bench in the shade and hung out there.  Dad, Karen and I explored the check in party area.  Dad bought himself a Color Run hat from the merchandise tent.  We looked around, and eventually we made our way to a shady spot on the sidewalk near the start line.  I posted a photo on Instagram and the official Color Run account liked and commented on it almost immediately!

Eliot joined us after a bit.  We waited there for the race to start.  We were probably about the 5th wave (corral) to go.  We had all decided we were going to walk it.  I haven't started training for the Princess and Tink half and I didn't want to over do it in the heat.  Plus, Eliot could barely walk and I wasn't going to let him do it alone.

For the most part, we all stuck together.  Dad got ahead of us a few times when I stopped to check on Eliot.  I could hear him behind us talking to other people.  This year, most of the people doing the race were walking it.  The weather was nice but warmer than I would have liked.  However, there was a really nice breeze coming off the ocean.  I also slowed down while we walked in the shady spots.

We also didn't get as much color on our shirts this year, which is ironic because none of us hurried through the color stations like we have in the past.  The most I got was at the end when we went through the finish line and were covered in multiple colors.

Mom and Nana were waiting for us at the finish line.  (They'd driven over a little bit before us to make sure they'd get a parking spot.)  Nana was sitting over in the shade of a tree where she could still see the finish chute.  Mom was near the finish line waving when we were approaching the end of the race.  She got a few pictures of us before we ran through the final chute, crossed the finish line and got our medals.

We took a few photos post race.  Mom and Nana inspected us and we showed them the color packets we got at the finish line.  Nana got a kick out of it; I'm really glad she enjoyed it!  We had a lot of fun and enjoyed our Hawaiian Rollercoaster Color Ride!

Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel in South Portland so we could take showers and clean up.  Then, we went to hang out at Old Orchard Beach.  Of course, no trip there is complete without Pier Fries!  Eliot and I haven't been yet this summer, so it was definitely a treat!  Mom and Karen got fried dough and it was also tasty!  Hanging out by the beach was the perfect way to spend the rest of Stitch Day!!!  °o°


  1. Very creative. You and your family sure have a lot of fun!

    1. Thank you! We definitely like to have fun and live life to the fullest! :-)