The Colour Run is truly the Happiest 5K On The Planet! Waking up after a long haul flight from China to find it’s the morning of my 30th birthday, I couldn’t think of a better way to dive into the day than running 5k, being blasted with colour!! (I know that might sound crazy)
The Color Run was founded in the USA in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. Since 2011 The Colour Run has tripled, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries, making The Colour Run a global fundraising phenomena! We donned our running shoes, lycra and suitably pristine white t-shirts and made our way to Manchester’s Ethiad Stadium. The sun was shining and we were ready for action…
The nearest thing I can liken The Colour Run to is India’s Holi Festival of colour. Runners take thier place at the start line and wait for the signal to start running, much like any other organised sporting event…only each kilometre you are showered with brightly coloured powder! I think you can tell from the non-stop jumping shots that we were pretty excited and loving running in the sunshine covered in colour. The atmosphere was excellent with runners from mixed abilities, men, women and children of all ages.
There’s nothing quite like a run to wake you up and kick start the day, if only all 5k’s were as fun as this. As we reached the 5k mark ‘Firework’ our favourite Katy Perry song was blasting out which meant some pretty special moves were being thrown down!
Finally completing the run we were handed a bag of powder each, which we took great satisfaction in throwing at each other (I think I came off worse). Big thank you to Christianne for being the ideal running buddy.
Wether your naturally athletic or find yourself (as we all do) avoiding the gym, the Colour Run is such a fun way to get back into sport. There’s no pressure to compete, just the joy of taking part in a brightly coloured, fun morning of excercise. If you get chance to participate, I’d say GO FOR IT!
HUGE thank you to LV for inviting me to take part in The Colour Run.