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A Story of Pink, Orange, Yellow, and Blue

The morning dawned brisk, with a long line of traffic to get even remotely close to the starting line. Upon arrival, people huddled together for warmth in suspense for what the next five kilometers would have in store for them.

The typical electronic and popular hip hop songs wear thumping. Infants and adults, bicyclists and strollers, people with neon green hair and others with ordinary black, blond and brunette styles were all set to start.

The countdown finished and the participants were off at a leisurely pace down North River Street. Off in the distance, the runners approached the first “color station” where a cloud of powder rose into the air. It was pink. There was a barrage of sprays, pours, throws, and dumps of colored powder.

The fun wasn’t over. Three color stations and a trek down Michigan Avenue later, the runners crossed the finish line and entered Riverside Park for refreshments, merchandise, and a bright, loud concert. But you couldn’t go home until a quick trip to the leaf blower.

Not having vast experience with airborne colored powder, I was pretty skeptical about my gear for shooting this event. Especially after reading a recent PetaPixel article about how color runs are death for cameras. I took necessary precautions (a rain sleeve and a sh*t-ton of gaff tape), everyone survived. In fact, the most important piece of equipment I brought was a cloth to wipe down my lens, eyes, nose, etc. See full gallery here

Color Run participants look up hoping to grab free merchandise before the start on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants look up hoping to grab free merchandise before the start on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants are bombarded with colored powder on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants are bombarded with colored powder on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Color Run volunteer sprays participants with orange powder on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Color Run volunteer sprays participants with orange powder on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Color Run participant makes her way through colored powder on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Color Run participant makes her way through colored powder on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A runner is sprayed in the face during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A runner is sprayed in the face during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A young participant on the ground during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A young participant on the ground during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Runners toss powder in the air as they cross the finish line during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Runners toss powder in the air as they cross the finish line during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants kiss near the finish line on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants kiss near the finish line on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A participant uses her teeth to tear open a powder packet during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A participant uses her teeth to tear open a powder packet during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Participants throw yellow powder at each other during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Participants throw yellow powder at each other during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants scream as powder flies through the air on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants scream as powder flies through the air on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Ypsilanti Color Run participants enjoy a concert after the 5k on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Ypsilanti Color Run participants enjoy a concert after the 5k on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A concert in Riverside Park during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A concert in Riverside Park during the Ypsilanti Color Run on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A young participant sits on shoulders during the Ypsilanti Color Run concert on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.comA young participant sits on shoulders during the Ypsilanti Color Run concert on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A concert after the Ypsilanti Color Run 5k on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A concert after the Ypsilanti Color Run 5k on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants enjoy music and color on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Color Run participants enjoy music and color on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Ypsilanti Color Run participants are given bumper stickers for collecting trash on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Ypsilanti Color Run participants are given bumper stickers for collecting trash on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A leaf blower is used on a Color Run participant on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A leaf blower is used on a Color Run participant on Saturday, May 11. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Thanks a lot for looking, now go take a shower.

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H2O Polo

I have little to none experience shooting water polo, in fact, I barely know all the rules. With that said, it was a pretty good time covering the Collegiate Water Polo Association tournament in A2. The 4th seeded Wolverines did much better than expected and put on quite a show. Michigan played Princeton in the final and took 2nd overall. I pushed the boundaries of where I could and couldn’t shoot from and got pretty wet. Too bad I didn’t bring my floaties.

Michigan senior Katie Hazelrigg warms up before the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior Katie Hazelrigg warms up before the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior Alex Adamson is shot on during warm ups before the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior Alex Adamson is shot on during warm ups before the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Michigan player reaches for a ball in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Michigan player reaches for a ball in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Presley Pender looks to shoot in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Presley Pender looks to shoot in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Presley Pender swims and pushes off a Brown player on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Presley Pender swims and pushes off a Brown player on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon watches the water polo game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon watches the water polo game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Kelsey Nolan defends in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Kelsey Nolan defends in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior Kiki Golden pushes the ball forward while swimming in the game on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior Kiki Golden pushes the ball forward while swimming in the game on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan players defend the net in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan players defend the net in the game against Brown on Friday, April 26. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

The Michigan team warms up before the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

The Michigan warms up before the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Michigan player reaches for head ware before the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Michigan player reaches for head ware before the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior goalie Alex Adamson is scored on in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior goalie Alex Adamson is scored on in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Hathaway Moore after a scoring attempt in the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Hathaway Moore after a scoring attempt in the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Kelsey Nolan elevates to pass in the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Kelsey Nolan elevates to pass in the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Audrey Pratt celebrates defeating Indiana 6-5 on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan junior Audrey Pratt celebrates defeating Indiana 6-5 on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan team celebrates the victory against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan team celebrates the victory against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan team huddles together after beating Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan team huddles together after beating Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman goalie Nikki Baron embraces her mother Elsy after the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman goalie Nikki Baron embraces her mother Elsy after the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman goalie Nikki Baron embraces her mother Elsy after the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman goalie Nikki Baron embraces her mother Elsy after the game against Indiana on Saturday, April 27. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Bryce Beckwith shoots and scores in the first half of the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Bryce Beckwith shoots and scores in the first half of the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Ali Thomason fights for control of the ball in the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan freshman Ali Thomason fights for control of the ball in the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

The ball is knocked out of the hand Michigan sophomore Danielle Robinson in the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

The ball is knocked out of the hand Michigan sophomore Danielle Robinson in the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior Kiki Golden shoots while defended in the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. No penalty was called on the play. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Michigan senior Kiki Golden shoots while defended in the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. No penalty was called on the play. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Princeton head coach Luis Nicolao celebrates winning the CWPA Final in the pool with his players on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

Princeton head coach Luis Nicolao celebrates winning the CWPA Final in the pool with his players on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Michigan storm trooper walks in a hallway after the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

A Michigan storm trooper walks in a hallway after the game against Princeton on Sunday, April 28. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com