Remember that one time we went to Holi?
If so, thank you. You’ve been reading this blog for freaking YEARS! Holi is the Spring festival of colors in the Hindu religion, and I attended one at the invitation of my student life office, because student life offices always have awesome free events.
At Holi, you throw around colored chalk, and try to smear it in places that are uncovered on others, especially the face. It’s traditional to wear white to the event, but most people don’t. That’s a lesson I learned the hard way.
This Spring, I’ll be doing something similar, but also wholly different. (Homophones.) Our family will be participating in the Color Me Rad 5k here in Pittsburgh, where others will be running, but we’ll likely be strolling with the little ones, through a course full of colored chalk and gel. It looks something like this:
While Holi was free, the Color Me Rad 5k isn’t. Admission in Pittsburgh is $35, and will go up on April 29th. However, I’ve got a promo code that will save you 15% on tickets: pittsmommybloggers. (And yes, you can use that even if you’re not a mother. This event looks super fun for kid-less people, actually.
Here are some more deets:
WE ARE YOUR EXCUSE TO LET LOOSE
Color Me Rad is loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colors, otherwise known as Holi. The festive colors used are a sign of winter’s end and spring’s new beginnings. Or in the case of RAD; the color represents the end of lame runs and the beginning of fun runs.
Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, our volunteers will coat you with liquids, powders, and gels of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippie on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.
The Finish Line – This is the royal rumble of color. Every 15 – 20 minutes, participants grab their color powder and create a revival of the RAD sorts. There will be music, food, and more RAD runners than the 80s. Hugs are free and just like any good AA meeting, spectators are welcome.
Athletes and non-athletes alike are pulling out their white t-shirts in anticipation of this year’s Color Me Rad. On May 7, racers will become multi-colored masterpieces as they join hundreds of other color revelers in the “raddest” 5K around. This year, participants will Dare to Be RAD, tackling challenges throughout the course in an array of 90’s inspired color. Pricing increases on April 29, sign up now to take advantage of current pricing. My readers SAVE 15% with promo code “pittsmommybloggers“!
For those in Pittsburgh interested in the event of Holi itself, I attended at the Jain Temple in Monroeville. They were very welcoming.
*I am working with USFG to bring you this content. As a part of our partnership, I will be receiving complimentary tickets to the event.*