AYER - Ever been bombed while running? Michelle Lee of Ayer took part in a colorful road race on July 15 in Boston called The Color Me Rad 5K.
Participants were pummeled with 'bombs' as they ran -packets containing colored corn starch.
The result is art in motion - a sea of runners constituting a moving canvas.
"I've run 5k's before but not the Color Me Rad," said Lee. She's planning to run it again. "I had a great time."
Lee said she's been running for eight months and found the course very friendly to beginning and expert runners. "It's a chance for all runners to just run in the spirit of fun physical fitness. As you run the course you either get dusted with color from a RAD Color Bomb Squad volunteer or you get sprayed
The 'bombs' are packets of non-toxic colored corn starch. "Almost all participants wear white and prepare for an all out tie dye experience," said Lee.
"When Zoloft and balloon animals can't seem to raise your spirits, the best way to brighten your life is to run Color Me Rad 5K," reads the race website www.ColorMeRad.com. The Color Me Rad 5K is run in several cities each year.
"It was fun to see runner's in costumes such as tutu's and clown afros and to see the creative names that people came up with for their teams," said Lee. "Many teams color coordinated with each other or dressed up in some form of a themed costume."
"I actually had to drive to work after the event and found that I resemble an Easter
The Boston leg of the Color Me Bad 5K benefitted the Simon Youth Foundation www.syf.org. The non-profit organization launched by Simon Malls fosters and improves educational opportunities, career development, and life skills for at-risk youth.
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