Despite assurances from the IMG spokesperson that The Color Run (TCR) has had “zero fire-related incidents in five hundred global events", attendances dipped slightly from a high of 18,000 the previous year to 16,000 in this year’s iteration.
The Color Run is still the "Happiest 5k on the Planet". Photo: Sport Singapore
But if the smiles of the faces of the participants were an indication of how well an event is received the Color Run is still the "Happiest 5k on the Planet".
Attendance probably cooled after a fire at a Taiwan water park in late June, which claimed several lives and injured many others, raising safety concerns. However with additional safety rules in place and the Police and Singapore Civil Defence Force approving permits after assessing the powder's safety, there was little if any threat of a repeat of the Taiwanese incident.
Runners descended on the sandy beaches of Sentosa for the run that took them along the roads, beaches and further inland on the resort island on a five kilometre route.
But running wasn’t the only thing on the minds of the participants. With a huge party at the finish line, it was an opportunity for the less competitive of Singapore’s running community to have a good time, get plastered by coloured powder and take a huge amount of selfies.
One of the highlights of the run is to get plastered by coloured powder during and after the run. Photo: Sport Singapore
In fact this might be the only run in Singapore where competitors stop short of the finish line to pose for group photos and douse themselves in even more of the colourful substance, while smiling as brightly as the hues their faces were covered in.
Runners pose for pictures along the route and amuse themselves with the colourful powders. Photo: Sport Singapore