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Run, walk, dance or salsa your way around this rainbow race
This technicolour run is also known as the happiest 5k on the planet, and as a runner in last years race I can agree that you'll be hard pushed not to be smiling your way around the course, as you run through colours aplenty with some funky tunes to keep you company too.
The run takes place world over, and caters for all levels of fitness and abilities. It's a family and wheelchair friendly event, and you'll notice many parents pushing their kids in pushchairs around the course. Race participants are dressed in the Color Run white t-shirt which won't stay white for very long once the race gets underway.
As participants walk, run, dance and jiggle their way around the course, they'll pass through a variety of different colour zones. At each of these zones race guests will get showered in the designated colour of that zone. If you're worried about the colour getting in your eyes or are worried about children in your party, then know that you can walk around the zone or you can ask the colour volunteers to go gentle on the splattering of the colours. They are very gentle with kids and will avoid pushchairs if you ask them to (no guarantee). The colour is made from corn starch and is completely safe on skin, clothing and on children. There are many Colour Run racers who try to get as much colour on them as possible; and you'll see them literally rolling on the ground of the colour zone to get completely covered. It's a whole lot of fun.
The colour zones will take you through to 5km of the race course and provide a heap of colourful entertainment in the process. Lots of people wear fancy dress, or coloured tutu's and this too adds to a real party atmosphere.
The color throw
One of the highlights of the Color Run actually happens after the finish line; the 'colour throws'. These are where runners who have completed their race are invited to come together with their fellow runners to create a colour cloud by throwing their packet of colour up in the air. Each racer gets a packet of colour in their race kit, and additional packets are available to purchase on the day too. These colour throws take place every 15 minutes or so as more and more racers get through the finish line. These colour throws create a whole sky full of colour and another opportunity to get even more covered in rainbow dust.
These bursts of colour take place near the main stage to a sound track of hip DJ tunes where the Color Run becomes the Color Party and a wonderful atmosphere takes over.
If you've never done a fun run before, then this is a great place to start. Go solo, join a team or go as a family; this is a great race for all sorts of runners. There's no timers, there's no competition, it's just about taking part and having an absolute blast.
Run in the rainbow
Here are the latest released dates for Australia, with more to follow. To find out about the Color Run at a city near you check here.