Hundreds take part in Charlottetown Color Run
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.
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.”