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Brighten your weekend with the Color Me Rad 5K, benefiting Special Olympics Texas

Brighten your weekend with the Color Me Rad 5K, benefiting Special Olympics Texas

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When Zoloft and balloon animals can't seem to raise your spirits, the best way to brighten your life is to run Color Me Rad 5K.

Coming to Austin this Saturday as part of a nationwide tour, Color Me Rad is a completely different sort of fun run. Participants will be showered with a tsunami of colors while running, as the Color Me Rad website states, "for the hell of it." Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s pallete (blue, green, pink, purple and yellow) until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.

Historically, running has only been acceptable when trying to escape the law, personal responsibility, the truth and grizzly bears. You’ll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your grandpa's dentures and you'll soak up enough color while running to change your skin tone forever, and wind up looking like a pack of Skittles.

The website explains it:

After 5K of color bombardment, we guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your girlfriend will be less needy, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, your black and white TV will turn into 720p HD (I know you were hoping for 1080, but we organize races, we're not miracle workers), and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.

The Color Bombs start flying at 10 a.m. with waves of runners getting plastered with paint every five minutes after. You'll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong... but the Art of Running will make you feel oh so right. And it all benefits Special Olympics Texas.

The race takes place at the Travis County Expo Center (7311 Decker Lane) on Saturday, December 8. Start time is 10 a.m. (racers asked to be there at 9 a.m.). Registration information is available on the Color Me Rad website.