Friday, July 31, 2015

Color the Smokies 5K Race Recap

July 25, 2015

I ran the Beat the Band 5K the night before and this was the second race of the Sevier County race weekend special. Proceeds from the Color the Smokies 5K Color Fun Run would benefit the Sevier County Children's Shelter, an organization that supports the local juvenile system to provide a safe haven for children as a short term solution while parents or guardians are in custody.

This run started and finished at the Teaster Parking Lot behind the Island shopping center in Pigeon Forge. They gave us a bag of color with our packet and additional color could be purchased for a small charge. They did two color blasts before the 8:00 start, one at 7:40 and the other at 7:50.

Michael snapped some pictures during and after the color blasts. I had color up my nose and in my mouth.


The course was a down and back scenic route that ran alongside the creek. There were three color blasts on course, but we went through each one twice for a total of six. I took it easy on this run since it was just for fun and it wasn't chip timed. My legs felt heavy and tired from the night before. I don't see how people run back to back half marathons or a half marathon and a full the next day. I guess it's all in what your body gets used to, but I prefer a rest day before and after a race.

We didn't stick around long after the race, because I needed to get back and get showered before we headed back home.  I had a great time at this race and I'm glad I was able to participate. It was a fun way to end the trip!


  1. Oh wow what a fun race! And up in the Smokies! Win Win! :)

    1. It was a lot of fun. I think this was the third summer they've had the race. If you're up that way next summer, you should look into it.