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Chil­dren Color run­ners proudly strike their power pose as they com­plete their hap­pi­est 5K run at Dubai Au­to­drome on Satur­day. The sixth edi­tion of The Color Run saw fam­i­lies, fit squads, and besties in their capes and tutu skirts, danc­ing and skip­ping their way to the fin­ish line.

Ariot of colours erupted as thou­sands of res­i­dents came dressed as su­per­heroes for a run at the Dubai Au­to­drome. Just as the sun rose on Satur­day, res­i­dents made their way to the sixth edi­tion of The Color Run pre­sented by Da­man.

Fam­i­lies, chil­dren, fit squads and work besties were seen danc­ing, skip­ping and run­ning their way through the five-kilo­me­tre route in their capes. Cov­ered from head to toe in an ar­ray of colours, they re­ceived their medals at the fin­ish line.

Chris­tian Mo­u­far­rej, event di­rec­tor, said: “Each year, we are in­spired and en­cour­aged by the thou­sands of run­ners of all ages, back­grounds and fit­ness lev­els, who come to­gether to mark what we know world­wide as the ‘Hap­pi­est 5k on the Planet’. This year is no dif­fer­ent. With the sup­port of Da­man, we brought out the hero in each of our par­tic­i­pants, and achieved our aim of in­spir­ing oth­ers to stay fit and ac­tive, and en­joy a long, healthy and happy life.”

Since its in­cep­tion glob­ally in 2012, the run has be­come a world­wide phe­nom­e­non, con­tin­u­ing to in­no­vate the 5k paint race genre each year. Over six mil­lion peo­ple from 35 coun­tries have taken part in the run, col­lec­tively do­nat­ing $5 mil­lion to char­ity. This year, the run con­trib­uted a por­tion of every en­try to a lo­cal char­ity, Friends of Can­cer Pa­tients.

— Photos by Dhes Han­du­mon

An ex­plo­sion of vi­brant hues, lots of laugh­ter, wacky faces and shiny uni­corn horns com­plete The Color Run in Dubai on Satur­day.

A man of de­ter­mi­na­tion fin­ishes his run with happy, fly­ing colours.

From capes to tutu skirts and all sorts of eye­wear, women rock in their out­fits for the Hap­pi­est 5k on the Planet.

Fresh from the fin­ish line, a fam­ily of Color Run­ners — of all ages — hud­dle to­gether for their group selfie.

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