- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
This was such a fun race to do. It was incredibly easy to register for, and all the information needed for race day was sent in an easy to read PDF about a week beforehand. Packet pickup was available the day before (although it was a good 30 minute drive from where the race was, I thought that was a bit odd) or on race day at the expo which was very convenient. The expo was well organized, and even though I was picking up my packet that morning I stood in line for less than five minutes while waiting for my packet. Parking was a pain in the butt, but anyone familiar with the Downtown Columbia area where the race was held would expect that. Arrive early.
They started the runners in waves on a first come first serve basis, and since I was in the middle it took about 30 minutes for me to actually be able to start. Not a big deal though because the atmosphere was very fun and energetic, and the DJ kept everyone well entertained.
The course itself was typical of the area: hilly and difficult at some parts, but overall a good mix of challenging and easy enough that a beginner like myself could still enjoy the race. Of course the color stations (five of them, I believe) were the best part.
Overall the race was fun, well organized, and the swag bag was WAY better than any other color themed races I've done (that I've paid more for). You can tell they don't skimp on the good stuff. I plan to do it every year for a fun race and I highly recommend it.