Kaleidoscope of colour at run

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors flocked to Parabur­doo Oval on Oc­to­ber 22 for the Parabur­doo Colour Fun Run.

The event was held to pro­mote healthy and ac­tive life­styles and raised more than $3000 for com­mu­nity groups, most of which has been al­lo­cated to the Parabur­doo Men’s Shed.

Funds will also go to the Parabur­doo Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club, mo­tocross club, St John Am­bu­lance branch and emer­gency ser­vices.

Parabur­doo Colour Fun Run pro­mo­tions co-or­di­na­tor Anna Oak­ley said the event was a huge suc­cess.

“We have had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse from the lo­cal com­mu­nity with 100 per cent pos­i­tive feed­back,” she said.

“Every­one had a great time, loved the fun, the ac­tion, the fam­ily-friendly mu­sic, de­li­cious food — did we men­tion we sold over 400 meals on the night — nov­elty events and races.”

More than 300 peo­ple reg­is­tered to take part in the three main events — the 3km run, 1km run or walk and the “colour smash”.

The event com­mit­tee also joined forces with Parabur­doo Pri­mary School to en­cour­age stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the event, and all chil­dren who placed first in their age group at the school’s cross-coun­try car­ni­val in Septem­ber were given free en­try.

The colour smash at the end of the night was one of the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, with 844 bags of coloured pow­der thrown around the oval.

An­other pop­u­lar event was the in­au­gu­ral Parabur­doo Gift, which saw seven en­trants chal­lenge world cham­pion ath­lete Mark Elms in a 400m foot race.

No one was able to beat Elms, but he gra­ciously do­nated his prize money back to the com­mu­nity fundrais­ing ef­forts and his tro­phy to se­cond place-get­ter Joshua Muletta.

More than 70 prizes were handed out on the night to race place-get­ters and nov­elty event par­tic­i­pants.

Some par­tic­i­pants dressed in colour­ful cos­tumes and there were prizes for best dressed male, fe­male and team.

Pun­ters also par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of nov­elty events, in­clud­ing egg and spoon, wheel­bar­row and pram pusher races and a tug-of-war com­pe­ti­tion.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of nov­elty events pro­vided lots of fun to both chil­dren and adults,” Ms Oak­ley said.

The Parabur­doo Emer­gency Ser­vices team brought their fire truck on the night to cre­ate a wa­ter ob­sta­cle course and slip and slide for the chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Clarice Nairn Pho­tog­ra­phy

The colour smash was a pop­u­lar event at the Parabur­doo Colour Fun Run.

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