D-A-S-H Colour Run 2016: healthy Fun for the Fam­ily

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

Saint Lu­cia gained its in­de­pen­dence some 37 years ago, ac­quir­ing ‘lib­er­a­tion’ as an in­de­pen­dent na­tion on Fe­bru­ary 22, 1979. On that date the coun­try of­fi­cially be­came an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber of the Com­mon­wealth of Na­tions with the Bri­tish Queen as the head of the state.

Sev­eral cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties syn­ony­mous with the na­tional hol­i­day are cel­e­brated around the an­niver­sary date and this year things will be no dif­fer­ent but with the ad­di­tion of a very colour­ful and en­er­getic twist to the line up of events. On the Saint Lu­cian In­de­pen­dence Day itin­er­ary for 2016, the D-A-S-H In­de­pen­dence Colour Run is sched­uled to take place for its se­cond year. The now an­nual event was launched last Fri­day at the Bay Gar­dens Bougainvil­lea Con­fer­ence Room.

Dione Benn of Live Pro­duc­tions Inc. is the con­cep­tu­al­izer of the Colour Run. In an in­ter­view with the STAR she said: “We ba­si­cally put to­gether and ex­e­cuted the event. We wanted to cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence in a fun, happy, in­ter­ac­tive way that al­lowed ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily, kids, the el­derly, in­deed whole com­mu­ni­ties, to par­tic­i­pate. Saint Lu­cia loves fun walks. We thought, Why not add a West In­dian twist by throw­ing a J’ou­vert into it? It’s been done in Ja­maica and Trinidad, but never in the East­ern Caribbean.”

Five hun­dred Colour Run­ners took part last year. This time around, judg­ing by demon­strated in­ter­est, the or­ga­niz­ers ex­pect to triple the par­tic­i­pa­tion. “We see large cor­po­rate houses com­ing out with teams this year and we are tar­get­ing 1,500 run­ners.”

D-A-S-H Colour Run­ners will gather at the Mega J round­about from 5.30 a.m. on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 28. The 5 km run is sched­uled to kick off at 6,30 a.m. sharp, end­ing at Rod­ney Bay. A mu­sic truck will ac­com­pany run­ners along the Gros Islet high­way. At the fi­nal desti­na­tion will be a mini-In­de­pen­dence vil­lage with con­ces­sion­aires and live en­ter­tain­ment by lo­cal per­form­ers. The event is ex­pected to last four hours or so.

“One of the com­ments we got last year was that the D-A-S-H Colour Run was the most fun par­tic­i­pants had had with­out al­co­hol,” said Benn. “This is a fam­ily event, af­ter all. So, no booze, just lots of wa­ter and en­ergy drinks. The events en­cour­age peo­ple to let their hair down.We had peo­ple out in tu­tus, wigs, crazy socks and colour­ful head­bands,” Benn chuck­led.

Reg­is­tra­tion starts on Fe­bru­ary 7 at the Bay­walk mall: $35 for adults, $20 for chil­dren. Reg­is­trants will re­ceive an of­fi­cial D-A-S-H tee shirt, and other para­pher­na­lia from spon­sors. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit in part the Child De­vel­op­ment and Guid­ance Cen­tre in La Clery.

Dione Benn of Live Pro­duc­tions Inc speak­ing at the launch last week.

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