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City Pulse: Show the true you with Color Up 5K

By JR Ortega
Nov. 13, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.

The Color Up 5K in Victoria is the first official run of its type in the area. The event kicks off Saturday morning at Riverside Park.

IF YOU GO

•  WHAT: Color Up 5K

• WHEN: Packet pickup: 3-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; Race day: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Packet pickup: Holiday Inn Express Hotel, 111 Huvar St.; Race day: 476 McCright Drive in Riverside Park

• COST: $50; if signing up on race day, cost is $60.

• INFO: To learn more and to sign up, visit colorup5k.com/victoria.

It's time to suit up - Color Up 5K is here, and you can expect a pretty large-sized crowd.

Franco Marquez, race director, said so far about 1,500 people have signed up for the Saturday event at Riverside Park.

Now, I've never been to any sort of "color run," but I've seen the photos, and it looks absolutely amazing.

People don white T-shirts and are hit with an explosive array of vibrant colors throughout the race and at the end of their race during the color party.

This is a first official color run for Victoria, and it sounds like it may already be a success - and don't worry if you can't run a 5K; people both walk and run, Marquez said.

There are plenty of color run-type events going on; some support causes while others are simply for fun, Marquez said.

"The thing that makes it worth it is having fun and getting healthy," he said. "We have a color party so everyone is having a good time."

I would be lying if I said I was an avid runner.

About the only time you'll see me running is if there is free food or a horde of flesh-eating zombies on my tail, and the latter may even be just a leisurely stroll.

In all seriousness though, I've run about five 5Ks, and none sound as fun as this one. Don't get me wrong, each have been fun and have supported a cause, but what's more fun than dousing yourself with a plume of color?

A portion of the proceeds from the Color Up 5K will stay in Victoria as $5 of each runner's registration goes toward the Texas Zoo, Marquez said.

There is still time to sign up. For $50, you get a shirt, race bib, sweatband and tattoo. You'll get the color packet once you complete the race, Marquez said.

That's when everyone goes crazy tearing their packets, throwing their packets in the air every which way.

So come on, go work off some calories and show your true colors.

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