Charlotte Electric Run 2013

Charlotte Electric Run 2013



Last year when I did The Color Run, I left feeling as though no run would ever top the electrifying energy I felt with every step of that amazing 3.1 mile journey. For 30 minutes I surrounded by beautiful strangers all coated in every color imaginable. For 30 minutes it wasn't about race, gender, or sexual orientation. For 30 minutes we put aside all of our differences and just ran.

Friday night more than 20,000 people once again converged on the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Electric Run. I was one of them.  As an added bonus: James and Jasmine came along for the ride. We stood amongst the crowd getting lost in the pulsating energy.


As I looked around at all the happy faces and creative costumes, I was able to tune out the rest of the world and just be. For a few hours I didn't think about the terrible state our country is in. I didn't think about racial tension or rising student debt, instead I reflected upon how beautiful it was that we had all come out to celebrate. It was pretty spectacular.


The energy was amazing. Even as we stood in line for over an hour, all around us people danced, laughing and taking"selfies" to capture the memories. Luckily, I met up with some awesome ladies from the studio I "allegedly" work out at. We managed to get a couple group shots before we were separated by the crowd. Side note: hats off to our photographer, James, who managed to catch a perfect shot of Jazz and I in all of our photobombing glory. That one is definitely for the books ;)


This was certainly one of the most "unique" 5ks I've ever done. I mean, it's not everyday you look up mid-run and see a guy wearing a horses head and running gear. True story.

There were about six stations throughout the course set up with colorful lights, music and decorations. I only wish we would have taken more photos along our journey so that we could have shared them with you. But really with something like this, photo's definitely won't do it justice. This is something you have to actually see to believe.

And poor Jasmine, she wanted so badly to get out of the stroller and run next to us, but there were just too many people. I could hardly imagine trying to keep up with a toddler in that crowd. That is literally the stuff my nightmares are made of. Once we hit some of the "Electric" stations, she was too busy looking at all the flashing lights to pay attention to the fact she was in the stroller though. Yes, my daughter the bass fish. I won't complain, it works out very well for us.

Crazy crowd aside, I can pretty much say with 99.9% certainty that I'll be signing up to run again next year. I only hope to see you there as well. I promise, you won't regret it. This one here was definitely one for the books.



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  1. That looks like a lot of fun Reese! And a horse head? Seriously? I can't even imagine running in that kind of get up. What a hoot!

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    1. No kidding Michelle ;) I have no idea how he could breathe in that thing. And he passed us on the track. Crazy...

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  2. Reese, I love the pics and your outfit is 'da bomb'!!! :-) I heard about the run and I should have taken a ride uptown just to see all the sights {sorry, no running for this mama...hahaha} -- it certainly sounds like was a blast! So glad to see you and your beautiful family having such a great time together!

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    1. Thank you Angela! They actually encourage walking during these "fun runs." I'd say close to 50%, if not more, people walked the whole thing. I promise it's not about competition, it truly is about having fun. There's another Color Run coming up in October, you should check it out. I think you would have a blast!

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  3. Your themed outfits are pretty awesome! So far though, the only 5k I've even been tempted to join was a Mud run--obstacle course type of one. Angel and I would have done that but we were out of town on the day. I had no idea why but the mud one sounds more appealing than any other kind of race to me. And that doesn't make much sense....

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I decided to dress up as a Princess in celebration of my birthday. I was thinking of doing a mud run myself. If you do one before me, be sure to let me know how it goes. I can already picture you and Angel running the obstacle course dressed in full bear regalia ;)

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  4. Sounds and looks like a very fun run. I've been thinking of taking up running again.

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    1. It was a blast! And yay for considering taking up running again. In the past year running has gotten so popular. I blame it on the brightly colored sneakers and these crazy "fun runs" they keep coming up with. They actually have a Krispy Kreme run now. Trust us to figure out how to incorporate eating a dozen donuts into exercise :)

      BTW, there is a local Black Girls Run chapter here in Charlotte that is apparently really active. They even have a conference coming here in September. If you're interested you might want to check them out.

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  5. oh my goodness how fun...i am waiting to do one of these fun runs!

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