Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published February 20th 2013
Colour your World
Alas for some of you, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth have sold out and had their fun. The good news is, it's not too late to consider a road trip - but register here first! The event sells out quickly. Gold Coast, Newcastle, Adelaide and Canberra are yet to join in for the 'Happiest 5km on the Planet'.
It's only 5kms, so don't let the kids hold you back - even my 3 year old was thrilled to be part of the zany event, and it's a great way to all exercise together, while raising money for various charities. Each city has a different charity.
So what is this Color Run? It's an American race, thus the spelling (all that's missing is U! Boomtish!). You must wear predominately white - they give you a shirt and sweatband in your pack) and throughout the 5kms, you are sprayed at regular intervals with a different coloured paint powder.
Even the waiting at the start line seemed like one big party - there was music and dancing, mexican waves, and clapping the count down for the next wave of runners.
Then you hit the first colour stop. While you could run straight through, most people were keen to get as much paint on them as they could. There was even one kid rolling along the ground to pick up as much colour as he could!
You can run, skip, pram or walk, and pretty much enjoy the event at whatever level. There's really no excuse not to get in on the action.
The mood is infectious and the buzz in the crowd is tangible. It's efficient and well organised, so even the large crowd didn't prove a problem. There is a big party at the end, and as each wave of finishers comes through, you congregate and hurl your own little bag of paint in the air, in the very colourful and messy Color Throw. A perfect way to make the end of your event.
If this sounds like fun, then mark down the applicable date and head over to the registration page: Gold Coast is next on the 14th April, registration here Newcastle follows on the 5th May, registration here
Adelaide and Canberra are still waiting for their dates to be set and then the registrations will open - so if you don't want to miss out, sign up for the registration alert for Adelaide or Canberra)