Color Run Lawrence October 6, 2012

Thousands of runners participated in the Color Run Lawrence, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

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Downtoearth 5 years, 7 months ago

Looks like fun!!! Was this a fund raiser event?

fithawk 5 years, 7 months ago

I certainly hope that the proceeds go to support something... anything. The registration fee at $50 per person was enough to make me pass this event over without any second thought.

Angela Heili 5 years, 7 months ago

It was only $35 for us because we registered early. A lot of 5ks are similar. You have an early bird fee and the fee goes up the later you register. It pays to be an early bird! The proceeds went to The Assist program. It was listed on the website.

nut_case 5 years, 7 months ago

Lung cancer or Asthma cure perhaps...judging from the photos! I'm wondering if a liquid pigment might be more conducive to actually being able to breathe while running?

Terry Sexton 5 years, 7 months ago

I bet that was a blast! It's my understanding a lot of the money went to Coach Self's Assist foundation. Just got back into town or I woulda joined in. Hooray for fun events like this.

brent flanders 5 years, 7 months ago

As a downtown resident, this event was very poorly planned to allow us to get to our home.

We had to use the alleys to actually get home, ridiculous

highroad 5 years, 7 months ago

It sounds you (redcoalcarpet) and the rest of these people had the same discourteous frame of mind as the bicycle races that swarm the roads without notification and think they have a right to impede traffic.

Chad Collins 5 years, 7 months ago

And just like everyone else on the route, you were given 2 weeks notice. Sounds like you should have prepared better. Who's street is it again? Yours?

Terry Sexton 5 years, 7 months ago

Beware the cornstarch! It'll muddy the streets while it picks your pockets & clogs your nostrils all the way home - if you can get there.

newtongirl 5 years, 7 months ago

Because we registered ahead of time, we paid $35, which included the tshirt, headband, and an extra color packet to have fun with. I don't think that's exhorbatant for a 5K. The KC Color Run in July benefitted the Ronald McDonald House. The Lawrence Color Run benefitted The Assists Foundation. Other host cities pick different charities.

You can get all of that info at

Why paint? I's fun? It's like candy. Fun doesn't need a reason. Anyone who thought the cornstarch would harm them were invited to cover their noses with a bandana while in the color stations. Or run around the color stations completely. It's not a timed race, so most people weren't really heavily respirating anyway. Over half walked.

Angela Heili 5 years, 7 months ago

The whole thing was a blast! Gauging from some of the comments, some people must not know how to have fun! It was good for the restaurants downtown as lots of the runners were hungry and just stopped in at the nearest restaurant to refuel.

We ran most of the race and walked at the color stations as they were bottlenecked. It gave us a good excuse to rest a bit as it was my 15 year old daughter's first 5k and she needed a break here and there. It was perfect!

I hope they come back next year!

Angela Heili 5 years, 7 months ago

We wore bandanas around our faces to keep from breathing it in. I'm a seasonal asthmatic, dang ragweed, so I planned ahead. I too have to be aware of air quality. I was able to have fun and breathe all at the same time!

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 7 months ago

Wow. Good idea! Didn't do this for that exact reason. Car exhaust, dust, other particulate matter makes me sound like I have a kazoo shoved down my throat, and I feel like I'm trying to breathe through a swizzle stick. Bandana! Too easy! ::foreheadsmack:: Guess I'll be there next year! Thanks for the idea!

highroad 5 years, 7 months ago

You and all of your Color Run buddies will be foreheadsmacking yourself when you end up toting around that oxygen tank with emphysema, COPD, asthma, or lung cancer. Bandanas won't protect your lungs. Cornstarch. . . . . really stupid!

kidscancook 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually, the color run is a for profit event, they choose a local charity and then donate a small percentage of the profits to this charity. Usually for every $350,000 in entrance fees they donate about $5,000. This is a smart business as they do thousands of these across the county and profit in millions. It's for fun, not charity!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

As I mentioned on the On the Street thread, there is absolutely no excuse for giving no advance notice to all affected residents that access to their homes would be completely blocked for several hours by this event.

Is that poor planning, or do they just not give a damn?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Not everybody reads every article in the paper. They should have printed flyers and distributed (mailed or hand delivered) to every residence and business that they were going to block in and out.

guppypunkhead 5 years, 7 months ago

I was trying to take my husband to the emergency room for an injury once during a different run, and had to take a doubly-long route because we were blocked in.

Chad Collins 5 years, 7 months ago

I was given notice. I'm glad the run was a success! I hope they come back. I'm pretty sure everyone on the route was given notice.

Liberty275 5 years, 7 months ago

I think this event should happen as part of the sate fair when it is 100 degrees in September.

Whoever schedules these things need to take the weather into consideration.

Nevermind, I thought there would be water involved. Powder? That's a little on the boring side.

MISTERTibbs 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm not sure what Bozo and proforged are whining about. We received a postcard from the city in the mail about a month before this event that we would have limited access.

A little planning and personal responsibility goes a long way. Of course that would ruin a perfectly good whine.

rikkiends 5 years, 7 months ago

It's just a ridiculous, silly, fun outside activity with friends, families, and strangers. I wish I could have been downtown to see all the runners and walkers this weekend. The Color Run 5k is also an ideal first run for new runners - no pressure and a total blast.

Alan Potter 5 years, 7 months ago

I live at 8th and NY and work (happened to be working this weekend) at 13th and Oregon. Never received a postcard at home or at work.

hail2oldku 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't live in the area of the run, but I do work in it. We received our notice right around the same time we got the notice for the extra deck on the parking garage. So that would mean somewhere in early September.

Also, there were plenty of emergency no parking signs when I showed up for work on Thursday indicating that something was going to happen, and soon. If I lived there and didn't already know what was going on, that probably would have been reason enough for me to find out.

hedshrinker 5 years, 7 months ago

I live and work in the affected Run area and received a postcard weeks ahead of time with a link to the map online so we could plan our day accordingly. We stood in front of the house and cheered on thousands of participants; everyone seemed to be having a grand time, there were amazing costumes, families with jogstrollers, dogs on leashes, etc. Glad it was cool and overcast. There was cleanup afterwards with big watertrucks. Sorry so many people above are crankypants; the fact that people were outside moving, laughing, having a good time should be enuf...I was going to say having good clean fun, but maybe not! I'm always just happy to see people OUTSIDE MOVING and doing something that doesn't involve lots of alcohol consumption.

Noweigh 5 years, 7 months ago

why do I think the same people whinning about no advance notice would be whinning if they moved the race "out west" somewhere? Be careful, the race organizers might call you whinning bluff.

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