Race Report: 2017 The Color Run – Boston

Race Report: 2017 The Color Run – Boston

I’m happy to report that I had a blast at The Color Run Boston!

Check out our video above to see all the fun we had…

I was excited that the winner of our bib giveaway was a friend of mine – Sue Hayes – and she graciously offered to add her Pro and Con list to this post – and I have to agree with everything she has to say (there’s a reason we’re friends after all…#GreatMindsThinkAlike).

Pros-

  • Sponsors provided great swag of measurable value
    • Gail’s Note: It was a great tie-in to partner with Stop’nShop (a local New England grocery chain) to give away laundry detergent as swag as you left the race – GENIUS!)
  • Shirt was made of soft cotton and cutely designed
  • Bib pickup was easy and quick
  • Text messaging from race was efficient form of communication
    • Gail’s Note: This was especially important, as the truck carrying the color for the race had issues and there was a delay in the race start
  • Photo ops before event were colorful and unique
  • DJ before, after and during the event was lively and supported the “party atmosphere”
  • Course was just challenging enough and came very close to the stadium, making it interesting for those who had not been there before
    • Gail’s Note: Gillette Stadium is home to the New England Patriots
  • Merchandise was nicely designed and reasonably priced
  • Ample restrooms before, after and throughout the course
  • Cute medal
  • Appropriate and fun event for all ages (As long as the participant can walk 3.1 miles)
    • Gail’s Note: Saw LOTS of people of all ages – lots of families running the event together
  • Easy free parking
  • Great proximity to Patriot Place for post event celebration
  • Cute mile markers to measure your progress

Cons-

  • There could have been a little more clarity about the staggered start
    • Worked out fine for us, because we knew to edge up into line but, I imagine, some runners did not start for quite a while
  • No real post race food provided by color run (only water) and snacks given out by sponsors
  • Water on the course was kind of a log jam area and hard to get
    • Gail’s Note: We ended up bypassing all but the last water stop for this reason; at the first stop, they were out of water in cups and were frantically trying to fill cups and/or participant’s own water bottles; would have also been helpful if water was available on both sides of the course
  • While the color areas were fun, in order to get “color” on you, you had to be near a volunteer/ employee throwing it at you
    • There could have been a couple more individuals at each station to move folks though quicker and get them the full color run experience
  • Not appropriate experience for someone looking for a real “run”’
    • You have to put on another hat, so to say, and realize this is really just for fun and it is fun!
      • This is not a real con, just a heads up to runners
  • No real need for the foam – It kind of made me scared that I was going to wipe out
    • Gail’s Note: It was right at the end of the course and up a bit of a hill; we slowed WAY down because it was slippery

NOTE: I HAVE to add that my unicorn onesie came clean – even after hanging out in my hotel room for the week and making a treck across county before washing.  This means I HAVE to sign up for another race to get my rainbow unicorn back on!

Now, for the shoes I was testing for a running shoe company and had to mail back right after the race…that company did ask me to wear them for ALL my runs during the testing period 😉

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

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