So, how was it? Well, we began looking like this:
and ended looking like this:
Yes - VERY pink!!! It was awesome!
Now, the thoughts (play-by-play) of the day:
We began at 7am (actually an hour later than first expected). When we arrived a few minutes early we went over to the Volunteer Registration tent (even though we were told to go to the color station first) and they were super disorganized. Although they had a lot of volunteers, the check-in process was not amazing. It's a place for some definite improvement on their part! However, it was the first time in Charlotte and the only expectations were from the volunteer coordinators who hadn't experienced the run yet, so understandable.
We got to our PINK station - the first color station, where we were assigned and found out it was BLUE! We were given instructions (only dip into the barrels with the orange buckets, you have twice as much color as you need, clean-up by rolling all of the color into the plastic tarps) and then left to our own devices. But you're thinking - you look pretty pink in that photo, not blue!
When our captain came by with her very good looking Color Run Expert she told us the blue kids already had their shirts and she was moving us down to pink where we really belong. Excellent, we are definitely pink people not smurfs!
So we moved and then waiting until it was time to throw color!
We waited and waited - about an hour, but it was fun (& cold). The first wave (of 15) came in about 9:10am and the throwing began. Most of it looked like this:
It was a ton of fun! And EXTRA-ORDINARILY PINK!!!
After we were all done, some of our teens had a little nap on the ground.
Clean-Up went super quickly. A few of those original instructions were blatantly disobeyed. The orange buckets didn't fit into the barrels and therefore the original idea didn't go very well. Next time I will bring a bowl or a cup to help move the colored cornstarch from the barrel to the buckets. As far as having twice as much color? The only reason we had enough was because we swept & shoveled our plastic coverings to reuse. And in regards to clean-up, we moved all of the color to the middle of the road then rolled up the plastic and shoved it into the cans - SO much better than the original assessment. Then street cleaners followed up and did the cleaning for us!
Overall, it was a excellent service project, I'll definitely do it again; but probably not run it - although I wish it was a little earlier in the season so it was a tad warmer. After one year, I'm sure the volunteer process will be smoothed out and it will be better run (because everyone knows what to expect) and more efficient!
|Excellent t-shirt colors!|
|My super pink shoes!|