My friend and personal trainer, Nikki Wakerley, sent me a text – ‘want to run in the colour run with me’? Sure I say, not really sure what was involved, although I knew there was some kind of activity combined with coloured paint and that I would definitely need a shower afterwards. The Colour Run is held in various places in Australia and New Zealand.
On Sunday I ran in the Colour Run on the Gold Coast. It is a 5km run/walk/skip/dance whatever you want to do for the 5km, and at each 1km mark you run through the Colour Station where attendants are lined up with squeeze bottles full of powdered paint to throw on you. Sounds crazy but it is called the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” and it certainly was.
It made me happy to see people of all ages enjoying themselves and forgetting about all the doom and gloom in our world and also the skies as rain threatened.
People wearing fun outfits – tutus, wigs, striped coloured socks and headbands getting into the spirit of being happy, laughing and generally finding their inner child. From children to seniors we were all there for one reason to have fun and be happy in the moment. It wasn’t a timed run so people were running, jogging, walking, skipping and dancing along the 5km.
At the end we gathered in front of a stage with a DJ and live music and did a mass ‘colour throw’ drowing everyone and ourselves in a rainbow of colours.
What a great feeling it was and I left feeling upbeat and hopeful that there can still be joy and happiness in the world.
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Here are some photographs from the morning which I hope will bring a smile to your face.
BEFORE – Clean and ready to run