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Sentosa turns into cauldron of colours

01 September, 2014   Kenneth Ho

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About 18,000 runners participated in the second edition of The Color Run held at Sentosa. (Photo by VoxSports)



Singapore hosted its second Color Run at Sentosa over the weekend and achieved a record number of approximately 18,000 runners.

The figure was the largest ever recorded in South-east Asia, as participants revelled in the showers of colourful dust while completing the 5 kilometres (km) run.

CIMB Bank was the sponsor of the event, and the corporate firm stated its delight at seeing the level of participation in the event.

“We are extremely happy with the huge turnout for this CIMB sponsored event. It is great to see the euphoria around The Color Run and have participants of all ages and nationalities come together to have fun. We thank all participants for their support and displaying such enthusiasm,” said CIMB Bank Singapore Chief Executive Officer Mr Mak Lye Mun.

CIMB Bank also pledged to donate $1 for every registration to the Singapore Disability Sports Council, as the bank maintained its company’s belief in giving something back to society.

The event, termed the “Happiest 5K on the planet”, was held over two days, with half of the total turnout running on Saturday, while the other half ran on Sunday.

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The event, termed the “Happiest 5K on the planet”, was held over two days. (Photo by VoxSports)

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Runner having fun at the event with their selfie sticks and coloured powders. (Photo by VoxSports)



Runners agreed that the event had them giggling as both males and females alike paused to get dosed by fistful of powders dished out by volunteers along the route.

The giggling turned into laughter as runners paused for photo moments or while using mirrors situated by the roadsides to check out how they looked.

The race was capped with the Color-Throwing Festival, whereby a huge music festival was ongoing as runners were invited to come together and fling out the packets of coloured-powders that they were given prior to and after the race. 

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The race was capped with the Color-Throwing Festival where runners were invited to come together and fling out the packets of coloured-powders. (Photo by VoxSports)



“We joined this event because we wanted to experience the happiest event in Singapore and whatever they have experienced overseas [in the Color Run], this is something you can’t experience easily,” said Nur Farhanah, who was at the event with her friend Nur Shafawati.


“Bonding with friends and strangers, it is the feeling that you get.”

A familiar Team Singapore athlete was also spotted, as Paralympian Theresa Goh participated in her first Color Run.

The swimmer shared her thoughts on the event and said: “I have always wanted to participate in The Color Run after having heard all about the fun my friends had last year. We want to thank CIMB Bank for making SDSC a part of this event and giving us the opportunity to do something new and different.”

The event was also a pleasant surprise for some, including Darren Sim, who previously had only ran in marathon-distance runs.

After hearing of The Color Run last year, Sim decided to attend the event along with his partner.


“It is not bad. It is something different; this one is more for leisure, the others are more for serious runs,” Sim enthused.