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Colour Me Happy
Looking for a casual sporting event with a difference? The Color Run (the name is trademarked in the U.S.A) is supposedly "the happiest 5km on the planet," celebrating "healthiness, happiness and individuality". It is now the largest event series in the world, hosting more than 300 events in more than 50 countries in 2014.
Powdered colour is thrown at runners.
Runners are required to wear a white T-shirt so that by the end of the race, they are fully covered in all colours of the rainbow by people throwing coloured cornstarch. Just make sure you bring plenty of water, sunnies/goggles, and some towels for the drive home!
Running through a haze of colour.
The throwing of powdered colour actually reminds me of the ancient Hindu 'Festival of Colours' or 'Holi' which is celebrated at the end of winter at the full moon (I wonder if that's where they got the original idea from...).
Sunny Coasters get ready!
The good news is that this event is for all ages and abilities (pram and wheelchair accessible). You can take your time or you can run it as a race if you prefer. The objective is to have fun and enjoy yourself. You can use the Color Run to remember all the things you should be grateful for. The metaphor is to think about your life as a colourful journey, not a destination. Make the race as mystical and magical as you want, or make it an annual tradition.
This year The Colour Run is held on 16th January at the Sunshine Coast Stadium and starts at 9am.
The day's program.
Registered runners will receive a custom T-shirt, race bib, Headband, Wristband, Finishers Medal and temporary tattoo. You will also get one packet of colour at the finish line. As participants finish, the crowd will perform a colour throw every 15 minutes to welcome new runners coming in.