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DC Gets Ready to Run Or Dye

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.

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Run and Dye the town. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Look, I know it’s easy to let time slip by and realize that you haven’t left the Borderstan neighborhood. Restaurants, theatres, music venues, grocery stores, galleries, parks… it’s easy to see how it happens.

But it’s time to shake off that neighborhood dust and I know exactly where you should go: RFK Stadium. Wait, wait, hear me out.

Coming up on June 8, Run or Dye is coming to Washington, DC; to RFK Stadium, specifically. Run or Dye is a 5K fun run where you and everyone else crazy enough to sign up get showered in multicolored powdered dye throughout the course.

Naturally, the dye is safe and ecofriendly, so there’s no need for any moral qualms about this run. And not only that, but Run or Dye has teamed up with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic for this event, so you’ll know that some of your registration fee will be going to a good cause.

Wait, So What Is This, Exactly?

Okay, toxicity and charities out of the way, what else is going on here? First of all, this race is for anyone and everyone. There’s isn’t even an official timer, so you’re encouraged to run, walk or run-walk as fast or as slow as you like. You can run this by yourself or get a couple of friends together to do this as a team.

With so many colorful dyes being thrown around, the recommendation is to wear bright whites or grays so that you can be the best living canvas you can be. Oh, and 5K equals 3.1 miles, but you already knew that, right?

While the course is subject to change, right now the fun run will begin at RFK and stretch as far north as Benning Road NE and just short of Pennsylvania Avenue SE in the south.

Registration is $55 for individuals and $50 per person for teams of four or more. And Borderstan readers, you already know that there’s a Borderstan group on Flickr. If you run this race, please take some photos (careful with your camera around all that powdered dye) and submit them to the Flickr pool.

Summer is a great time to get in shape – beaches and pools, anyone? – and this 5K run should be a fun and memorable way to start shaping up if you haven’t already.

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