We’re big, big Colo(u)r Run fans; we’ve done the Buffalo run the last two years (2013 & 2014), and just love it. This year, the Buffalo run was scheduled for a Canadian long weekend, which meant our Colour Crew (my brothers Eric & Will, and Will’s girlfriend Sam) weren’t able to make it, being cottage-going folk. So, we decided to try the newly added GTA run.
This experience was WAY different than the Buffalo run.
– The run was in Uxbridge; to say that’s in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), is a bit of a stretch. It took place at a ski resort out in the country and the venue was definitely stretched to capacity, with a single lane driveway in, it took ages just to turn into the site. Buffalo has a ton of great restaurants and shops we like to hit up after our race, and this year, being in the middle of the country, we just headed straight home afterwards.
– The course was on ski resort, and was up and down the ski hills, cross country ski trails and occasionally just mowed out of fields. I mean, we probably should have put that together, but the course was surprisingly challenging, and due to the rough terrain, meant we were carrying Henry the whole way, as the little umbrella stroller we brought wasn’t up to the challenge. The course definitely had charm, it had beautiful scenery and some really lovely stretches.
– Whether due to it being the first year at this location, or smaller number of participants, the colour stations were pretty lacklustre. We weren’t diving into the colour zones as we have in the past since we had Henry, but there’s something pretty awesome about seeing huge clouds of colour rising up ahead of you that was missing from this race.
We were missing two of our team (one to illness, one to double-booking), but still had a great time with Will, and enjoyed the unexpected excellent workout. Henry has this 5K thing sorted; get carried the whole time, take a quick nap for a kilometre or so in the middle, then wake up to walk across the finish line, get the glory and the finishers medal.
Overall, a really fun day, but we missed the Buffalo experience and are thinking about heading down in August to get our fix!
Details: All the information about the Color Run can be found here.