Runners got caked in vibrant powder at the Chicago Color Run

Chicago Color Run participants walked away from Grant Park looking as bright as a Lisa Frank sticker
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The Color Run bills itself as "the happiest 5K on the planet," but it would be just as accurate to describe it as the messiest summer event. Inspired by the Hindu festival of Holi, participants made their way through Grant Park while being pelted with a veritable rainbow of colored corn starch powder. The ensuing rain must have made it difficult to sit down at a Loop restaurant post-race. Take a look at photos from this year's edition of the Chicago Color Run.

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

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Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

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Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015. 

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Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

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Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

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Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.
Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Runners get blasted with rainbow cornstarch at the Color Run 5K through Grant Park on June 7, 2015.

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