Why You Should Experience The Color Run In Some Way

Why You Should Experience The Color Run In Some Way

Spreading happiness, healthiness and individuality as a community.

The Color Run, also known as “The Happiest 5k on the Planet," speaks the truth through its name and is the original paint race. I've participated in numerous running events, as both a runner and volunteer, but The Color Run is definitely my favorite. It shows what compassion and determination really are.

This event has spread exponentially. It is now hosted in over 200 cities and 40 countries every single year. The five-kilometer (a fairly un-timed) event consists of “Color Runners” who are covered in vibrant colors made of food-grade corn starch at each kilometer. Not only are the participants eagerly covered with these stunning colors, but they are brought together as a community to spread very important aspects of life including happiness, healthiness and individuality. Throughout the entire event, giving back remains a key point of focus.

Happiness: Smiles are shared through all different ages, fitness levels and backgrounds. It is nearly impossible to see a frown during this event.

Healthiness: Since more than half of the runners are first-time 5k runners, the event provides a headway for an active and healthy lifestyle. For those experienced, it provides a continuing journey.

Individuality: Everyone runs for different reasons. Professional athletes may run to train while others run for personal and unique reasons. What's your reason for running?

Giving Back: This for-profit event management company partners with many charities, which can be read in more detail here. Thanks to this event, donations have been raised for more than 80 local and national charities since 2012. To this day, The Color Run has raised more than $4 million for charity.

“Do you have to be a runner to participate in this event?” Absolutely not. The sights at this event are beyond imagination and truly show the kindness and acceptance provided through all types of "Color Runners." Anyone can participate in this event. You will see babies being pushed in carriages, people in wheelchairs either rolling on their own or accompanied by someone else, children holding their parents' hands and full-time walkers. The idea that everyone deserves to be fully accepted and can do whatever they set their minds to overflows in the atmosphere of these events.

Accepting all people, no matter their race, ethnicity, interests, fitness levels, age or any type of background, is the main reason people favor this event. Everyone is accepted and treated completely fairly. Anyone can participate. If you do not wish to be a "Color Runner," that’s OK. You can get involved in other ways, such as signing people in, giving runners their packages, throwing the color at each kilometer, setting up the course or simply taking pictures professionally for websites. There are many volunteer roles that will comfortably and perfectly suit you.

The joyful course isn't strictly about getting covered in beautiful colors. It is filled with inspiration and determination by all runners and volunteers. While passing others, numerous high-fives are exchanged and cheers are heard from all over.

Don’t be fooled, the event isn't over after you complete the 5k. The unforgettable Finish Festival is what concludes the entire event. This festival filled with music, dancing, thrown color packets into the crowd to create eye-catching mixtures and much more — is simply another example of how much happiness this event truly brings.

The safety and readiness surrounding the course is also important to take into account. There are water stations on the sides of the course with volunteers filling water cups ready for you to take. Ambulances and police officers also surround specific parts of the course and are prepared to help no matter how critical or slight the emergency may be.

This event deserves to be experienced by everyone, by you. You deserve to experience this event, and this event deserves to experience you. Whether you participate by being a runner or volunteer, you will feel the spread of happiness, healthiness and individuality. As these aspects of life grow through each event, they stay with the individual and gives them the amazing opportunity to share them with the rest of the world.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?


When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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