Photos from the Color Run Chicago 2014

No one escaped the Color Run without looking like a walking rainbow

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  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

  • Photograph: Mark Wright

    Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

Photograph: Mark Wright

Runners get doused with colored cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 8, 2014.

Blowing my nose after the Color Run, blue stuff came out. The Q-tip was hot pink after cleaning my ears. I found orange dye on parts of my body that weren't even exposed during the 5K jog. Cleaning up after the Color Run, during which volunteers throw colored cornstarch at runners at every kilometer marker, is the least fun part of the experience. Getting pummeled with the stuff? Surprisingly awesome.


Runners are encouraged to wear white (the colored powder makes more of a splash that way), a rule by which every last participant abides. The course winds through Grant Park, and from the start it's clear people are not doing this run for exercise. I see a guy on crutches, his leg in a cast, on the course. The people in front of me decided to skip while holding hands for a half-mile. Kids gallop-run the whole thing. Hell, I'm wearing a Go Pro camera strapped to my head (see the video above for highlights from my run), so I'm not exactly running hard.


At the one-kilometer marker, volunteers already covered head-to-toe in pink powder throw handfuls of the stuff at us. People scream, yet run toward these pink-pelting volunteers to get more color dumped on them. By the time we hit the last color on the course, purple, the runners have figured out where the giant bags of color are stationed and grab handfuls to attack their friends.


As we cross the finish line, we're given our own bag of powder and each wave of finishers gather in front of the stage at the Petrillo Music Shell. After a countdown of 10, we open our bags and toss our colors in the air, creating a rainbow miasma. I manage to snag another color bag, so I shake all of the orange powder directly on my friend's head, making her look like a human Cheeto. She is not pleased. Neither is the taxi driver who reluctantly drives us home.


 



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