A Crazy, Colorful Day in Philadelphia

 By Chrissy Zopf  


It’s official. My summer is halfway over, but that doesn’t mean the adventure and excitement is coming to a close. Along with interning and working at my newest job, I’ve been keeping busy seeking adventure all over, and beyond the valley.

This past weekend on Sunday, July 14, my sister, brother-in-law, and myself headed toward Philly at 5:30 in the morning, ready to run our first 5k, The Color Run. Although this time last year none of us had ever imagined being able to, or wanting to run a 5k, we had made the decision together, and all trained individually for a fun, color-filled morning.

Arriving in Fairmont Park was insanity. Never before have I seen so many people gathered for one cause, in this case running for charity. There were already crowds of people running, right at 7 a.m. At the starting line, runners were released in waves, and we eagerly took our spot at the starting line.

When given the okay, we took off, hundreds of people jogging away from the starting line, tackling the 3.1 miles that lay ahead. We made our way through the park, and through four color-zones: yellow, pink, blue and orange. I could barely see what was in front of me; colored dust filled the air, creating a haze.

After completing The Color Run, my first 5k

When we crossed the finish line, feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction washed over me. I had successfully completed my fist 5k in colorful fashion. My once white t-shirt was a rainbow mess. The area past the finish line featured a DJ, a photographer, and free snacks. Together, Amber, Brandon and I enjoyed what The Color Run had to offer before making our way back to the Lehigh Valley.


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