Throughout the year there are organised running races taking place across the country. From 5k parkruns to full marathons, and obstacle course racing to iron man challenges. The chances are, if you’re a keen runner, your diary is already full with events. However, there is a new-comer on the scene, and it’s worth making room for it in your busy schedule – say hello to ‘colour runs’.
Already very popular in the US, colour run events such as Color Me Rad, The Color Run, Color Vibe 5k and Run or Dye, are making their way over to the UK. Events are already planned in a number of locations during 2015.
The ‘Color Run’ was founded in January 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona, with 6,000 participants taking part in the first ever event. The idea was to encourage professionals and novices to run together for fun. The inspiration to add colour to the event came from day-glow events, Disney’s World of Color and colour festivals throughout the world such as Holi.
Colour run events are designed to be fun, rather than exhausting. As you run, walk, skip, twirl or dance your way through the course, you will get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye – turning you into a technicolour canvas of fun. There are two simple rules – wear white at the start line, finish covered in colour.
At the end of the course, the fun continues with a finish festival. You’ll find music, dancing, more colour explosions and one big party for both participants and their spectating family or friends.
One thing that might not translate so well over here is the weather conditions. Chances are that in the US your main worry is a little sweat smudging your colour. Over here in the UK, you’re likely to cross the finish covered in a brown smudge after the rain has caused all the bright colours to merge into a wet sloppy mess!
On the bright side, colour runs promise to be possibly the most fun you’ll ever have exercising. So go on, give it a try.