No Direction Home

This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Color Me Fun

May 25, 2013

 photo 451_zpsa5f7af6d.jpg

 photo 436_zps9cc2d80c.jpg Michael & Dakota

Color Me Fun

Kathy and I have been doing as many 5K races as we can over the past few years, we generally walk in them and enjoy participating, supporting whatever charity the races benefit and getting out and getting a bit of exercise. We try to always check the 5K race schedule when we travel as well because it is always nice to participate in a new place.

 photo 313_zps81c6064c.jpg Dakota

 photo 434_zpse27db25f.jpg

 photo 408_zpsf031b10e.jpg

 photo 367_zps52e8951d.jpg

 photo 340_zpsaafb7e4d.jpg

When checking the schedule for Indianapolis while I was there for the race, I found that there was going to be a Color Run 5K at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and while Kathy was not there to join in, Dakota is thankfully a fitness and 5K participant in her own right. In fact she recently finished her first half marathon with a first place finish in her division, so she was more than up for participating in the Color in Motion 5K.

 photo 429_zps35ef5d6b.jpg

 photo 420_zpsbb0347ed.jpg

 photo 418_zps3ea3ff62.jpg

 photo 317_zps9c7d059a.jpg

In recent years organizers of 5K races have gotten increasingly creative in putting on races, to draw larger crowds they have added theme twists that add fun and interest for participants, Tough Mudders, Zombie 5Ks, Tutu Runs and Color Runs all fall in to this category and this one was much more of an event than an actual timed race.

 photo 316_zps56916954.jpg

 photo 394_zps6ec2e1cd.jpg

 photo 425_zpsfcaee164.jpg Dakota

If drawing a crowd was the goal, it was a huge success as thousands showed up to participate. What makes the Color run special is that each participant is equipped with bags of colored corn starch that they can throw on each other during the race, in addition along the route are stations where volunteers douse the participants with the colored dust creating a rainbow effect on the runners.

 photo 373_zpsb5d9f7ab.jpg

 photo 390_zps68cd83e0.jpg

The day started off a bit chilly, but we lined up among the thousands of runners, so many that they started the race in waves to avoid traffic jams and we were off on a course that wound through the fairgrounds that is home to the Indiana State Fair. Dakota took off and left me literally in the dust – multi-colored dust which I was pretty quickly covered in. I have to admit it was pretty fun and interesting to see the people covered in color.

 photo 479_zpsd13d4874.jpg Becky & Rick

 photo 477_zpsc97b4f80.jpg Tim & Amanda

 photo 471_zpsc5ea608e.jpg Jody, Deron & Rusty

 photo 467_zpsc43fa812.jpg

For me it was just the start of a fun day, while Dakota went off shopping with my sister Michele, I headed to one of my favorite annual events, the Race Weekend Crawfish Boil hosted by my friends Rick and Becky. Once again this year the event was so big that they had to block off the street to accommodate all the friends and neighbors.

 photo 465_zps92efa881.jpg Kevin

 photo 468_zpsa1dd403a.jpg

 photo 469_zps9f8bc922.jpg

 photo 506_zpsd77f1bb9.jpg Erik & Eli

I love the event because it offers me a chance to see many friends and enjoy wonderful food and beer from some of Indianapolis’ finest microbreweries including Brugge and the Broad Ripple Brew Pub and beer from Twenty Tap. So awesome and fun. I especially love that I get to see so many of my friends children and marvel at how much they have grown in the year since I last saw them.

 photo 505_zps05ddf4a7.jpg

 photo 501_zps9fe0591a.jpg

 photo 492_zps2b133b78.jpg

 photo 493_zpsfdfe405c.jpg

 photo 490_zps6dcaff3e.jpg Rusty & Tim

 photo 481_zps8c9360de.jpg Erik, Jody, Deron & Amanda

Catching up with lifelong friends is such a wonderful thing, it is certainly one of the reasons that I love so much returning to Indianapolis each May. The Crawfish boil just distills the entire experience into one event. I love it and I love my friends. Thanks so much to Rick and Becky and their families and friends for making it possible.

 photo 487_zps19e7fcf2.jpg Amanda, Danny, Jody & Erik

 photo 470_zps6c33ad5a.jpg

 photo 483_zpsf6ff4885.jpg

 photo 482_zps14e45332.jpg