Color run with a toddler – PREP TIME

Color Run 2013
The powder rangers

We did the Color Run in 2013, it was the first one in Port Elizabeth and we had a blast, okay mostly a blast but I went with people who wanted to run, I wanted to walk, a color walk is much more my speed 🙂

Aidan could not join in then, being that he was like five months old, this year Rob and I are going to Color Run 2015 and taking him along… So naturally I’m taking all kinds of precautions…
Here is everything children related I could find on the website…
Is there an age limit for younger runners?
No age limits! If they can cover (running, jogging, walking, strolling) the three miles of The Color Run course, they can absolutely participate in The Color Run 5k! Remember though, as soon as they turn 6 they will need to register and have a race bib!

Can I run with a jogging stroller and my kids?
On one condition…if you are prepared to be one of the hippest moms/dads on the planet!  All kiddos 5 and under can run with an adult FREE of charge and do not need to register!  Unregistered children do not get the race packet, but there will be plenty of sweet items to purchase for them at the event!

Will the color ruin clothes or running shoes?
The color does mostly wash out after the event.  As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colorful.  If you would like to preserve the color in your running shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it.  If you wash your shirt….the color will eventually come out.  For FULL color cleaning ideas and tips, check THIS LINK out!
Do the kilometer “Color Zones” affect runner vision? Or breathing?
The color powder used at The Color Run event is all certified non-toxic and free of any heavy metals. Our bright colors are cornstarch and FD&C dyes. Our fabulous shine powder is more like make-up and is completely safe and even more precisely thrown on the lower half of your body. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our “certified” color throwers make sure to aim low as you pass by.  Some Color Runners opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths.

So we are going to take Aidan and are…

– Putting him in a stroller because 5km is no joke for a 2-year-old (or his unfit mom)
– Putting him in goggles/glasses, because even though the powder is non toxic, eina is eina
– Dressing  him warmly like my friend suggested, she went with her tots last year and said kids complained of cold
– Covering his mouth and nose in a bandana at the colour stations, he can wear a cansa wrap like a scarf and I can pull it up when need be, that’s what I did last time, also any excuse to support cansa
– Take water!
– Take wipes, this kid is not a fan of being dirty…. of messing, yes, of being dirty, no

This is all I can think of please comment with any other suggestions 🙂

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