When My Reality and Travel Collide

The title of this post may at first sound a bit odd; as though traveling isn’t actually a part of my “reality.”

Which isn’t true at all, of course. In fact, travel is such a large part of my day-to-day reality now that I’m not sure I would know how to define myself without it.

But there are still many aspects of my life that travel does not directly affect. I don’t write much about school or my Ohio friends or even my relationships on this blog. I don’t tell you about the movie I saw yesterday, the hours I spent writing my thesis in the library today, or the band I’m going to see play at a local dive bar this weekend.

Usually, if it’s not directly travel-related, I don’t blog about it. I don’t want to bore you, afterall.

But sometimes events in my “real,” somewhat more mundane life pull in enough hints of my traveling world that I deem them worthy of sharing.

A few months ago, I saw a photo on Facebook of a bunch of smiley people covered in what looked like neon-colored paint or chalk. At first, I thought the photo was from one of my traveling friends who had been to the Holi festival in India — a “festival of color” that is celebrated by throwing bright powder at people. It’s a festival that I always love seeing photos from each year because it looks so fun and colorful.

But as I looked closer at the photo, I realized that it wasn’t from Holi at all — it was actually from a 5K race known as the Color Vibe run. And there was one going to take place near me in April.

Now, this may surprise you, but I’m not really a runner. It doesn’t really do much for me, and I don’t think I’ve ever run further than a mile at a time — and that was in middle school, when it was mandatory.

But a 5K race that reminded me of a famous festival on the other side of the world? It definitely was tempting.

In the end, I signed up for the Color Vibe with a few friends and told myself that I could push through 3.1 miles. And I did. And it was a blast.

The run itself consisted of a winding route at the local fairgrounds, with 5 “color stations” along the course where volunteers sprayed and tossed colored corn starch at you. At the end of the run, we had a big color fight — our own mini version of Holi.

It was one of the most fun things I’ve done recently, despite the fact that I thought I might die before the end of the race.

And it’s worth mentioning for another reason, too — participating in the Color Vibe reminded me that I don’t have to travel far to do something really unique.

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The Color Vibe is swiftly becoming an international event, with races planned all over the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. If you want to take part, see if there’s a race happening near you! The races benefit local charities, and are tons of fun!

 

What do you think? Does it look like fun?

 

 

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