LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Aug. 28)-Before official team practices begin for the 2012-13 season, the New Mexico State swimming and diving team participated in the Albuquerque Color Run, Aug. 25.
Twenty members of the Aggie squad traveled to Albuquerque for the 5K event, which is part race and part art as runners are showered with colored cornstarch throughout the course. The run benefited the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico.
Junior co-captain Terrin Seaver helped coordinate the trip and was encouraged to participate after seeing other runs across the country.
"It was a great thing to do that we did separate from the team," she said. "It was a lot of fun because we were able to get to know each other before practice has even started. "
Head coach Rick Pratt said he was impressed with the team's initiative to schedule a team activity prior to the season beginning.
"This was something that they did on their own, and that says a lot about what kind of group we have and it was a fun way to get to know each other and start the year."
The Color Run is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Color runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; but everyone toeing the start line has a blast. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the three miles of the Color Run course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life!
How does it work?
The Color Run pretty much has TWO SIMPLE rules: 1) White shirts (any mostly white T will work great) mandatory at the start line. And 2) color plastered EVERYTHING at the finish! Runner/walkers begin the 5k at the start line like a brand new pristine coloring book. By the end, they look like they fell into a Willy Wonka... tie dyed... vat of colored goodness. We are the creators of an all new paint race phenomena!
What is the Color?
Each kilometer of the event is associated with a designated color: yellow, orange, pink, or blue. As the runners/walkers reach the Kilometer COLOR RUN Zones, they are blitzed by our volunteers, sponsors, and staff with COLOR. All products are 100% natural and safe. You can eat the stuff if you'd like (we have tried it and don't suggest it, it is surprisingly high in calories and leaves a chalky aftertaste). Of course, we save the best for last, ending the race with a color extravaganza of epic proportions.