Rain­bow run­ners

Hun­dreds take part in Charlottetown Color Run

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MITCH MACDONALD

Run­ners were trans­formed from blank can­vases into brightly-coloured, vi­brant works of art dur­ing a five km route through Charlottetown this week­end.

Hun­dreds took part in the third Color Run event held in Charlottetown, a unique five km event that brands it­self as “the hap­pi­est 5K on the planet.”

The event is dif­fer­ent from other runs as it is not timed and has no win­ner.

In­stead, run­ners start in groups wear­ing white shirts. By the time they cross the fin­ish line, run­ners are cov­ered in nu­mer­ous colour com­bi­na­tions.

“Ev­ery kilo­me­tre they throw a dif­fer­ent colour (of pow­der) on you,” said Emily Cormier, who went in the run with friend Madi Fis­cher.

While it was Cormier’s first year in the run, Fis­cher pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in the Charlottetown event.

Com­ing back wasn’t a hard choice.

“It’s re­ally fun,” said Fis­cher. The bright colours thrown on run­ners, who are then en­cour­aged to share pic­tures on so­cial me­dia, looks like paint from afar but is ac­tu­ally made with a food-grade corn starch.

The event, which is run by The Color Run LLC, was founded in 2011 with the first event be­ing held in Phoenix, Ariz., in Jan­uary 2012.

It has since hosted hun­dreds of events in more than 35 coun­tries, with an aim of pro­mot­ing healthy liv­ing.

“We hope that the Color Run 5k event will be able to act as a cat­a­lyst for our par­tic­i­pants to live an ac­tive, healthy life­style,” says the event’s web­site. It ap­pears to be work­ing. The com­pany states that the event is the first five km run for more than half of their reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants.

It was also the case for mother and son duo Becky

“It’s pretty cool, we had a lot of fun and did pretty awe­some.” Becky Mut­tart

and Kay­den Mut­tart, of Clyde River.

“It’s our first time, he re­ally wanted to do it,” said Becky, not­ing that Kay­den had seen the bright pic­tures of the run from the pre­vi­ous year.

Kay­den, who is in Grade 2, has even joined his mother at the gym to run the track prior to the event.

While there are no “win­ners” in the run, ev­ery­one who fin­ishes gets a medal.

The run was also fol­lowed by a con­cert, where run­ners were cov­ered in even more colour.

“It’s had a pretty

Becky. pretty cool, we lot of fun and did awe­some,” said Madi Fis­cher and Emily Cormier head to the fin­ish line of The Color Run in Charlottetown this week­end. The run sees run­ners cov­ered in dif­fer­ent colours ev­ery kilo­me­tre to cre­ate a unique and vi­brant can­vas.

MITCH MACDONALD/THE GUARDIAN

Par­tic­i­pants in The Color Run held at the Charlottetown Event Grounds and through­out the streets of the city on Satur­day dance dur­ing a post-run con­cert while throw­ing bags of brightly coloured corn starch. The event brands it­self as “the hap­pi­est 5K on the planet.”

MITCH MACDONALD/THE GUARDIAN

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