Race Preview: 2015 Color Vibe 5k (Salem)

I took both of my daughters to our first color-themed race earlier this year. It was a blast. I don't think I have ever seen any of them smile so much, nor heard them giggle so much. Both are pretty bummed that we won't be available for the 2015 Salem Color Vibe on October 10, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check them out.

Here is a bit of a recap of my 2013 running of this event:

To the right of the music stage a narrow chute had runners lined up and being sent off in waves. While we were waiting, volunteers were tossing out additional color packets. My daughter and I loved having a whole bag of color to playfully toss at each other and color each others faces.

After a few waves being sent off, it was our turn to head out of the fairgrounds lot and onto the closed off 17th Street. After a countdown we were bombarded with color passing the start line from a motorized color shooter. I’m not sure that is the technical term for the contraption, but regardless it was powerful.

There were two separate turnarounds on 17th Street, one at the south end and the other at the north end.

Overall, we had a really good time at the event and would return if it comes back to Salem. There was a solid crowd, but it wasn’t too big and out of control. Everyone was having a good time and there was some really great energy by volunteers, DJ, and runners alike. And the final say came from my little tyke, who when I asked how she liked it, she replied with, “can we do that again next week?”

As you can obviously see, this evente caters to a family friendly environment. Strollers are actually welcome and every kid under 12 is able to race for free.

The Color Vibe race benefits the local community by partnering with Inspire, whose mission is to develop the leadership potential of Salem area students and residents through business focused educational programs and events.

Color Vibe 5k (Salem)
When: 9a
Where: Oregon State Fair and Expo Center
Register: Online here; $30 (Add $9 for a white Color Vibe t-shirt OR $12 for shirt, glasses, and bandana)

About Matt Rasmussen (1599 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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