So, last Saturday was a fun time! April 27th was Kings Island‘s grand opening AND Susan G. Komen’s first ever color run! The official name for the event is Color Me PINK! and it was held at Kings Island on Saturday morning, before the park officially opened it’s gates for the season.
Once again, I teamed up with some amazing local photographers to provide complete coverage along the entire 5K, powder-filled race route…
Registration opened up at 6am. It was early and I was caffeine-free and a wee-bit delayed (totally left my memory cards for the back up camera at home.)The race officially started at 7am with the release of the first “wave” of runners. There were 6 (maybe 7) waves total; which were released on a 10 minute interval.The race route started in the parking lot, just outside of Boomerang Bay. From there, the runners were lead into the park and routed through the Action Zone, which holds some pretty awesome rides: Delirium, Face-Off, and Drop Zone.
The Action Zone also marked Color Station 1: Pink!Station 1: PINK images provided by Max Kimmich Photography
From there, the runners were lead through Oktoberfest and the Coney Mall area, which is home to the Racer, Vortex, Firehawk and Flight of Fear.Coney Mall images provided by Myndee Griffin Photography
The Eiffel Tower and Color Station 2: YELLOW came next.Station 2: YELLOW images provided by Sarah Anne Photography
And after the pelting from the Pink and Yellow teams, the runners journeyed over to Rivertown, home of the 2 best coasters in the park: Diamondback and the Beast.
Nestled in between the tracks, sat Color Station 3: Green.Color Station 3: Green images provided by Stevens Photography
Anyone else craving rainbows now, or is that just me?
After a jog through the woods, the race participants came to Color Station 4: RED.Color Station 4: Red images provided by Foto Life
And finally, after Color Station 4, the color-covered runners raced through Boomerang Bay waterpark and under the big, inflatable, pink Susan G. Komen finish line marker.Along with bananas and drinks at the finish line, the participants were handed powder packets in preparation for the big color explosion finale(s). The color explosions were timed for every 20 minutes until every person had their opportunity to participate and gain that extra color coating. Both Q102 (Brian Douglas) and Fox 19 (Frank Marzullo and Tracey Johnson) broadcast live from the event. The Fox 19 crew managed to escape the powder for one segment. By the second, they joined in on the colorful fun. And it was awesomely unexpected. And then it was our turn. And by our turn, I mean mine and Max’s (everyone else grabbed their cameras and took a step back.) Lindsey Vs. Max images provided by: Sarah Anne Photography
We had a blast making some new friends…
This dude. Yeah, I called him the Red Pixie. Covered head-to-toe in red, he snuck up behind people and “secretly” powdered them. So, naturally…All in all, the day was awesome. The event was awesome. And the team was awesome! I am still finding powder in my car, but it was well worth it.
Sending out a HUGE Thank You! to all of my teammates!
(left to right: Pamela Stevens, Lindsey Driscoll, Sarah Richardson, Myndee Griffin, David Abad, and Angie Hamm)And also Max Kimmich (not pictured above.)
And also a big Thank You! to the Susan G. Komen people for inviting me back to capture all of the fun!
ALL of the day’s images will be available on my website at: www.eclecticallyforyou.com/Events/Color-Me-PINK-2013/
If you have any questions about any of the photographers, images, etc. please feel free to contact me! firstname.lastname@example.org