Friday, July 12, 2013

Electric Run Recap

I know, I owed you this recap a little while ago. But really, when you're so depressed to not be with your friends anymore it takes a while to get it all down. I've seriously worn and reworn my Electric Run tshirt over and over and over again. In fact, I'm seriously thinking about signing up for another Electric Run just so I can get another tshirt. This one will be threadbare before I know it.

As you may or may not know, we headed to Columbus and met up with our good friends who wanted to do the run with us. The unfortunate thing is that there were so many folks there, we felt it was misnamed. It should be the Electric Experience, or the Electric Walk/Run, or something that isn't just a run. Because we weren't able to really run at all. We sauntered. We strolled. We sort of jogged a couple times, but at no point would I say we were able to full on run.
The before
We had a blast though. We were able to pick up our packets without paying for it (see earlier complaints about how they were trying to take us for all the $ we had). They suggested arriving two to three hours before the run began to avoid traffic headaches. We went an hour or so before the run began and had no problems at all getting right on in and getting a prime parking spot by the start line. We hung out in the car for a bit putting together our glow-in-the-dark gear and enjoying being together since it was our first night with all of us together.
Getting darker... Happy Viking!
The bummer about a night run is that you have to wait until it's REALLY dark out. The race was supposed to begin at 9:20 but we didn't get to start until well after 10pm. So that was a bit awkward. They more than made up for it though.

So basically the gist of the Electric Run is similar to the Color Run in that you do a 5k (they don't time you so you can take as long as you want- absolutely no pressure) run/walk/skip/etc, but along the route there are five or so different 'lands.' During the Color Run, each thing is a different color you get pelted with and you end up all one big brown mess of color.

It's a lot of fun but the drawback is you end up finding color up your nose for about three weeks after. Not that I'd know anything about that. I've just heard that. Anyway...

For the Electric Run instead of color stations, they have different light 'lands' set up. There were colored umbrellas stuck in the trees, some funky swirly lights, fake snow falling in a barn with more fun lights... etcetera.
Tunnel of lights!
It was a bunch of fun!
CC & me
I will say one thing I didn't like was the water stations. There was a station halfway through the route and one at the end of the run. It was a fantastic concept- different colored cups lit up with the water in them and then the trashed cups made a really cool display in these big clear tubey things. The problem was execution- they literally used a rubber hose to fill the cups, so the water was disgusting and tasted like the hose. Gross.
Lit up lanterns throughout the trees- this was really pretty!
The swirly lights on the trees at the end were one of my favorite things
I didn't like at the end how they were selling alcohol to hungry, empty-stomached runners who still had to drive home (that part doesn't seem very smart to me), but we were starving and didn't stay around for that part. We got some late-night grub and went back to the hotel once we were done.
The barn full of falling 'snow'
If I had to choose, I'd do the Electric Run again versus the Color Run, just because at the end of the Electric Run, you're still pretty clean. And they have a way cooler tshirt, but that might just be my opinion.
Endorphin high at the end!
Glow-in-the-dark friends!
The after-party- pretty cool-looking, isn't it?
This picture is my favorite. It's still the wallpaper on my phone. I think I've shared it with you before, but I miss this chick and can't wait to be with her in person again, hopefully soon.
Meredith and me

1 comment:

Meredith said...

This makes me so happy and sad at the same time...missing my Hoppers like mad! It's so funny because I've tried to write my recap like five times, and every time I can't bring myself to finish it, because somehow if I write it, it's like admitting it's over. Ha! Love you guys! xoxoxo