Color me rad: Rawking 50

This weekend I had a birthday party with more than 5,000 of my best buds.

To celebrate my 5oth (that’s Five Zero), my daughter and I traveled to my childhood home of Knoxville, TN to participate in a Color Me Rad 5K run. Or, as the emcee said, it was more of a walk. Very few of the racers tried for a personal record, unless it was for how much colored powder their clothes, hair and ears could hold.

This event, one of dozens set around the country, benefitted the Knoxville Children’s Hospital. Throughout the course, volunteer color bombers pelted us with handfuls of colored powered, and at two color stations hosed us down with high-pressure streams of liquid yellow and green. By the end of the route, we were all literally tie-dyed.

Even after 3o minutes of vigorous scrubbing, I still have splotches of blue and yellow on my back that won’t rub off, and apparently I don’t clean my ears as well as I thought, since my daughter pointed out at dinner that I still had purple powder lurking there.

I’m kicking 50’s arse and having a great time doing it.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)

For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream.

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20 thoughts on “Color me rad: Rawking 50

  1. Happy birthday! You are absolutely FFANTASTIC and so is this event. I love that you come out of it with a custom T-shirt.


  2. Oh my goodness! Great cause, and I’m proud of you whether you walked OR ran, but me wonders how the inside of your LUNGS look after walk/running through all that chalky colored powder!!??


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