Rainbow Colour Run to be plenty of fun

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This year’s Rainbow Colour Run is going to be bigger and better than last year, says organiser Kate Holland.

The 5km run, which is held at the Oamaru Racecourse, has five different stations occupied by each of the run’s sponsors, who cover the contestants in a different-coloured paint.

All money raised from this year’s Rainbow Colour Run is staying in the region and going to the Charity Sporting Chance to help children who may not be able to afford to play sport.

Registrations have been picking up and Holland thinks the run will attract a higher number of competitors than it did last year.

“I’m confident we will get at least 700-800 people taking part in the colour run, which is more than last year.”

Last year, 580 participants covered themselves in coloured paint and this year, competitors will do exactly the same thing.

The Rainbow Colour Run is in its second year and anyone is welcome to take part in the event.

“Anyone is allowed to participate. Whether you run, walk, jog or sprint, it doesn’t matter as there is no time limit to compete the run in. It’s all about having fun,” Holland said.

The run is 5km, but families who are taking part with their small children who are unable to compete the full course are more then welcome to complete the first three stations then head towards the finish line.

Ms Holland said people were running out of time to register.

“The cut-off time for registrations is 7pm on Friday,” she said.

The colour run packs will be available for people to pick up from 4pm to 7pm on Friday at the Waitaki Recreation Centre and at the Oamaru Racecourse on the morning of the race.

Competitors are advised to arrive at the racecourse at 10:30am for a pre-run briefing.

Anybody wanting to take part in the race can enter online at www.alps2ocean.com/events, at the Oamaru i-SITE or Waitaki Recreation Centre.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

COLOURFUL: Alice Kingan, Loganm Searle and Mikaela Young get all painted up ahead of the Rainbow Colour Run this Saturday.