Let’s get this straight – I am NOT a runner. I have done a 10k and 5k before, but that was just to test my strength training back in the day when I could actually see muscles in my legs. Sadly, it is not the case anymore. So, what was I thinking when I decided to sign up for the first ever Color Run in Malaysia?
Well, it was hard not to when I watched this amazing video.
Seriously. How can I NOT join this amazing event?!
I decided to rope in my sisters and girlfriends thinking “the more, the merrier”. I don’t think any of us had been more excited about a 5km run before in our lives. Except for maybe one of my sisters who runs half-marathons on a regular basis. Eeeks!
So, just what is The Color Run all about anyway? Does one have to really run or can we just take our time and enjoy the music and coloured powders thrown our way? Are those powders harmful? Will the colours stick to our skin and hair for days? These were questions posed by some of my friends when I mentioned that I signed up for this.
From some stellar investigation on my part (ok, I just Googled it), The Color Run is a fun run which can be enjoyed by everyone and anyone. Founded in the US by event producer Travis Snyder, the first run took place in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 and included 6,000 participants. The whole point of the run is to promote healthiness, happiness and individuality.
The coloured powder used is in no way harmful (made of food-grade cornstarch and 100% natural) and instructions are given out beforehand on how to wash the colours out from your clothes and yourself. It is so safe that parents can even bring their little kids along. If you’re worried about it getting into your eyes, just wear a pair of goggles or sunglasses. Dress it up any which way and you’ll have a blast!
What I loved about this run is that there is no specific timing and you can even choose to just walk the whole 5km. You can stop every now and then, take photos, throw more coloured powder at friends and strangers and just dance about with all the music blaring out at certain coloured “stations”. I’m pretty sure we hounded some volunteers for more colours to be thrown our way too. Sorry, volunteers :p
Here are some photos I took on the day. I do apologize for the not-so-great quality of shots, as my camera got the saran wrap treatment.
I am so glad that The Color Run in Malaysia was such a big hit. Apparently, there were 12,000 participants at this sold out event! We Malaysians sure love some fun and colours, huh? I, for one, have never been more excited to wake up at 4:30am. That is quite an achievement for me and it’s all thanks to this great event and the lovely people I went with.
On a more serious note, it has been a tough year for my country. So, it was nice to see everyone coming together for a fun event that made us all smile, have a lovely day out and made us that much closer to our friends and fellow Malaysians (and not forgetting the non-Malaysians). We had a chance to make some happy memories with our loved ones. Now, isn’t that what life is all about?