As I took a fist full of powder to my face, I couldn't help but smile. My pearly whites shining through a mask of orange, I was officially christened to the world that is the Color Vibe.
Last year's inaugural Color Blast 5K Run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which featured more than 20,000 participants - well over double the expected number - was an amazingly good time. The 3.1-mile course wasn't overly challenging, but demanding enough to have a real sense of accomplishment once I took my final steps across the finish line, a rainbow-soaked mess.
And I wouldn't have had it any other way.
The Color Vibe returns to the Magic Mile on Saturday, June 7 at 9:00 a.m. The run will once again weave through the camping and parking areas around New England's largest sports and entertainment facility. A portion of the proceeds for the Color Blast 5K run will go to the New Hampshire Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities.
In Color Vibe, runners are the canvas, passing through multiple color stations along the way and turning their once plain, white shirt into an exuberant work of art. All participants will receive a race packet that contains an official Color Vibe race T-shirt, a Color Vibe prize, race bib, color packet and much more. The Color Vibe is about fun exercise and there will be no prizes for finishing first in this untimed event.
Kids 7 and under are admitted for free, but will not receive a shirt. All kids must have a release waiver signed by a parent/guardian and turned in before they are allowed to participate. The waiver can be obtained and signed at the event. Sign-ups on site the day of the event will be available.
"I had a great time," said Jonathan Stallsmith, the speedway's Digital Media Manager, who ran last year's Color Vibe 5K. "I recommend that everybody look out for events like these because this is a great way to get out to the speedway on a non-NASCAR weekend."
Miles of smiles, indeed.