Color Me Rad Review

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Color Me Rad is a great 5K race to start off with. 

My family and I participated in the Virginia Beach run this Sunday and we had a “rad” time. 

Today, I wanted to do a quick review of our experience in case this race is something that you’ve been considering. 

See Also: Five Reasons to Attend the Color Me Rad 5K

Arriving at Color Me Rad

Expect to arrive at Color Me Rad at least 45 minutes before your race wave start time. 

In our case, we didn’t make it to Packet Pickup on Saturday so we arrived at 8 am to be able to do that as well. 

The good thing about arriving well in advance of your race wave time is you get to get parking that is close. Once the race is over, if you’re someone who decided to run it, you’ll be grateful that your car is parked close as your legs (and/or your children’s legs) will be on fire. 

The Virginia Beach race took place at the Sports Complex and the fee was $10 in cash for parking. 

Once you walk up, you’ll be greeted by a staff member who will direct you to get checked in. 

With our tickets, we all received a blue Color Me Rad shirt, a color packet, a bandana/sleeve, race number, plastic cover, and pins to pin on the race number. The kids also received a RAD tattoo in their kit.

Additionally, they do have items for sale. When we checked in they were offering a buy 4 get one free deal. We ended up getting three pairs of sunglasses (all the kids left theirs at school and sunglasses are required for the race) and 2 bandanas.

Preparing to start the 5k

After checking in you can roam around and eventually you’ll be called to the stage where everything is explained and color packets are thrown out. 

The organizer gets everyone hyped up for the run and covered in color. 

Plus, most people use the time before the race to take photos. 

Once it’s time for your wave you’ll join everyone at the start line and you’ll go out in groups. 

What to expect during the race

During the race, you can walk, jog, or run. Just have fun getting active with your group.

In our case, we had a goal of finishing the race in 40 minutes or less as we’ve been running 3-6 miles every Sunday to improve our time as a group. 

Honestly, the kids could have probably done it in 30 minutes, I’m the slowpoke lol. 

During the race, you’ll come across different color stations where you’re blasted with more color. 


I highly recommend having a bandana to cover your face and making sure it’s up when going through the color stations. I went through one with it down and it got all up my nose and down my throat (not a pleasant experience at all lol). 

NOTE: Even if you’ve never done a 5K (this was my first one) I encourage you to give the Color Me Rad one a try. It’s a no-judgment zone race, with people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels participating. My anxiety was through the roof about doing this as I didn’t know what to expect, however, it was very chill and not competitive at all. 

What to expect after the race

Once you reach the finish line you’ll be handed a bottle of water and a medal. 

There also is another hype gathering that’ll be taking place at the center stage and it appeared that they were giving away prizes and doing competitions on stage. 

We didn’t participate in that as my partner had to go to work and there were other things on my to-do list for the day as well so we left after crossing the finish line. 

Conclusion: Color Me Rad is a 5K race you should experience at least once

Many people at the race had done a prior Color Me Rad.

We loved it because it’s fun, challenging if you run it, and it’s a great way to get everyone active. 

I’m glad we got to experience it at least once because the experience is something that we’ll all remember for a lifetime.

Have you ever participated in Color Me Rad? If so, share your experience in the comments below. 

Color Me Rad Review


  1. How fun! I did a color run before and had a great time. I would love to do it as a family event sometime.

  2. So much fun, I’ve always wanted to do this. Too cool that you brought the kiddies as well.

  3. This looks like a great time! I think it’s so great that you had the whole family participating too, what a great way to spend the day together!

  4. It’s terrific that you ran the marathon as a family. You are showing them how to stay happy and h ealthy. Kudos to you.

  5. Kathy says:

    That looks like so much fun. I love attending events like these. You get some great exercise as well. That’s always fun.

  6. Catalina says:

    I think Fall and Spring are the perfect season for races and marathons. So glad that you and your family had a good time!

  7. I’ve heard about Color Me Rad before, but I have never participated. I don’t think I have the stamina to run. LOL. But that’s great that your family participated and had fun.

  8. Ruth I says:

    You guys got swag! I can imagine how fun this was! Running and getting dirty with the whole family on a marathon is pretty cool.

  9. Wow! This event sounds really fun and exciting! Wish I could participate somehow in the future. Hope you had a great time.

    1. Yes, it was definitely a great time.

  10. What a fun event for the whole family! I’d love to do a run like this someday. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  11. I have always thought a color race would be so fun. I am not ready to do a true race, but when I am, I am doing this one!

  12. It looks like you had a great time! I used to run road races and it was always a lot of fun!

  13. It looks like a great thing to do with your family. I think it’s important to for the kids to stay active, too many spend too much time online. Looks like you and your family had fun!

  14. I have always wanted to go to something like Color Me Rad. It sounds like such a cool event.

  15. That race looks amazing and the weather seemed perfect and sunny. I am not from around there but my husband tries to run a few races every year.

    1. Melissa,

      Yes, the weather was perfect.

  16. i have always wanted to do one of these races so awesome for you doing it !

  17. This does look like fun! I might try this with my kids one day. They’d get a kick out of all the colors.

    1. Amber,

      It’s the perfect race to do as a family.

  18. My daughter did one of these races and I had so much fun watching. Next time, I’m going to participate.

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