Spring Day in Port Elizabeth is usually a chilly, windy occasion, but this year, there was something that turned this otherwise overcast day into a riot of spring fun … something so colourful, so big, and so exciting that this is one Spring Day the people of the Friendly City are unlikely to forget.
The launch of the internationally acclaimed The Color Run™ 5k event in South Africa went off with an explosion of colour this Sunday at the NMMU nature reserve in Summerstrand.
Almost 10 000 people put on their takkies for the first-ever The Color Run™ to be held on African soil. Moms, dads, kids, littlies in prams, people in wheelchairs… all arrived eager to be part of this colourful moment in Africa’s history.
“The Color Run™ has traversed four continents, and the race in Port Elizabeth marks the beginning of our journey onto a fifth continent,” says The Color Run™’s Tiago Pereira.
As the world’s single-biggest event series, The Color Run™ has taken the world by storm since its launch in the US in January 2012. It is now renowned for being a fun, family-friendly race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back, bringing together communities to create a five-kilometre-long canvas of colour.
Like the 600 000-plus participants before them who’ve run the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, the people of PE arrived at the starting line dressed in white, ready for a vibrant festival of colour. At each kilometre of the race, volunteers showered the runners and walkers with clouds of brightly coloured powder: yellow, red, blue and purple, depending on the colour zone.
And just in case they weren’t colourful enough after running through five kilometres of swirling colour, participants joined spectators at the finish line for a joyous colour-throwing party that bid a firm farewell to the drab winter months.
“Today has been a phenomenal success,” said Pereira after the race. “We were overwhelmed by the outstanding support of the people of Port Elizabeth – we were banking on 5 000 Color Runners but ended up with an amazing 10 000 entries!”