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