Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Color Runs, Roller Derby and March Madness

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Photo by Allison McPhail
You might wind up looking like this if you go for a run this weekend.
It's almost the weekend and time for the inaugural edition of what to do this weekend in Houston: sports edition. Each week, we'll be giving you color commentary on events in and around the area you might want to choose for some weekend relaxation, all for sports fans.

It's the first week of spring, and all that winter/holiday weight you put on is starting to stretch the old pants there, buster. Time for a little exercise, but running is pretty boring, right? Not this kind. There are two "fun" runs Saturday that will make even the weirdest freaks among you -- you know who you are -- want to throw on a pair of New Balance and hit the track.

First up is The Color Run, a weird combination of the Holi Festival of Colors and a 5k marathon. Participants run while being doused in what appears to be brightly colored chalk dust. Runners are encouraged to wear white (and goggles). Race starts 9 a.m. at Minute Maid Park. Check the Web site for details and registration.

The second is part rave, part exercise -- as if all raves weren't just calisthenics and X set to dance beats. It's the Neon Splash Dash, where, like The Color Run, participants run around a track to rave music while being pelted with glow-in-the-dark water colors. The 5k runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday night at Reliant Park. Check the Web site for details and registration.

Now, for you fans of EXTREME sports, we offer Xtreme Meltdown Drag Racing (with a capital X) this Saturday at the "Palace of Power." According to the ad, "Two thousand horsepower and no wheelie bars, what could possibly go wrong?" Honestly, we have no idea, but we imagine something will. If you've never seen pro drag racing, it's a lot like frat boy sex: loud, rowdy and it takes less than 60 seconds. If that sounds like fun to you, visit the Houston Motorsports Park Web site for more details. Vroom, vroom.

If you think you have what it takes to not completely embarrass yourself in a game of pickup basketball against some of Houston's best, consider signing up for the annual Houston Rockets Blacktop Battle, held on the streets around Toyota Center this Saturday and Sunday. Spectators will be treated to some straight street ball, 3-on-3 style, plus three point shot and slam dunk competitions. Pro tip: If you aren't sure you are good enough to actually play, you aren't. Check the Web site for more information and registration.

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