Photo by Weide
Close to 16,000 runners in Singapore showed
up in Sentosa on 17-18 August for the inaugural The Color Run in South East
Asia. Touted as the "happiest 5k on the planet" , the highly popular
5 kilometre untimed novelty run that was fully registered within 3 hours of its
launch in Singapore, originated from United States of America had made its
debut in more than 100 cities since its inauguration in 2012.
The Color Run turned a new page in
Singapore run history with its unprecedentednovelty. The highlight of the run is a colour "ritual" which
doused runners with non-toxic, food grade coloured corn starch powder from top
to toe at the four designated stations along the route. For Singapore stop, the
four colours, red, blue, yellow and pink, represented the four sponsors, CIMB
Bank, New Balance, Mini Cooper and W Hotel Singapore respectively.
The catch of the event was that all runners
must start the race with a pre-dominantly white top, where no inch was spared
by the colour ritual eventually. With no age limit, the fun run encouraged mass
participation and saw runners from all age groups and fitness levels took part
in the two-day event. The safe event had kept medics at ease throughout the
weekend with few reports for treatments, mainly for grazes and abrasions.
During the run, runners enjoyed the colour
ritual and some were even seen rolling on the floor to get more of the coloured
powder onto them. Unlike past run events in Singapore where operational roles
were undertaken by organisers, The Color Run gave runners a go at dousing other
runners after they finished their own run. Finishers were handed packets of
coloured powder to take part in the colour throwing festival which happened at
intervals at the centre stage, where the finishers were joined in the
celebration by their friends and family.
Photo by Lawrence Ang
The colour throwing festival was a hit with
the finishers and set the pace for the 4 hours non-stop after-run party which
consisted of more colour throwing festivalsand Zumba workout. The end of the party was marked by a special
fireworks display by Songs of the Sea, a main attraction of Sentosa.
As part of The Color Run's tradition of
giving back to the society, there was also a tie up with local sponsor, CIMB
Bank, to donate $1 per registered runner on behalf to a selected charity,
Project Happy Feet. The cheque was presented to Project Happy Feet at the
"Definitely the happiest run ever, I
hope there are more colours next time!", Miss Hani, 22, relived her
experience in The Color Run with her long-time friends as the most memorable
and fun race which she will sign up for again.