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The Color Run = #happiest5k

Ever heard of The Color Run? It’s a whimsical 5k that’s exploded in popularity — since its debut in 2011, organizers have reportedly hosted more than 170 events in over 30 countries.

The focus of the race is more on having fun, rather than being fast, although you’re more than welcome to do both, of course. But since it’s un-timed, there’s little pressure to speed your way through.

How it works: participants wear white, and are doused with color (dyed powder) at each kilometer on the course, resulting in a kaleidoscopic mess of humans.

This is supposed to be fun.

Sound intriguing?

It did to me. Little sister wanted in, so she and I and few friends decided to sign up and check it out.

Following are some photos from the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” at the National Harbor.

Cool swag for the Color Run! Love the stick on tattoos.

Cool swag for the Color Run! Love the stick on tattoos.

Bags for the cool swag.

Bags for the cool swag.

So many runners at the Color Run!

So many runners at the Color Run!

At the start of the happiest 5k. Lots of bubbles and upbeat music to pump you up.

At the start of the happiest 5k. Lots of bubbles and upbeat music to pump you up.

Walk or run? We ran!

Walk or run? We ran!

We got doused with color at each kilometer. This one was pink. Check out the girl in the tutu.

We got doused with color at each kilometer. This one was pink. Check out the girl in the tutu.

A colored dog! So cute!

A colored dog! So cute!

This is what runners got at the finish line -- a packet of colored powered.

This is what runners got at the finish line — a packet of colored powered.

Check out the color toss --  this is where everyone tosses up their colored power in the air together.

Check out the color toss — where everyone tosses up their colored power in the air together.

Dance party and lots of giveaways at the end of the run!

Dance party and lots of giveaways at the end of the run!

Completed the happiest 5k on the planet!

Completed the happiest 5k on the planet!

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