Rainbow Run returns

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Registrations are steadily flowing in for this year’s Rainbow Run at Oamaru Racecourse on October 15.
The event, sponsored by Rainbow Confectionery, involves participants, dressed in white, completing a series of circuits around the racetrack covering 5km.
At each kilometre mark, they are pelted with various shades of non-toxic coloured powder as they pass through a series of stations.
Inspiration for the rainbow run comes from the Holi festival, held in India during the spring.
Sport Waitaki co-ordinator Kate Mossman said there had been plenty of interest so far, with the bulk of registrations likely to come in the week leading up to the rainbow run.
“We’ve definitely got over 100 . . . we’re thinking we will probably get about 500 this year.”
She said about 500 people registered last year.
The event was postponed due to poor weather but 450 people still took part on the rescheduled date.
Mrs Mossman said rainbow runs had spread into other areas of Otago.
“People can expect the same sort of thing this year. It’s become a bit more up-market, I guess, because it’s been rolled out all over Otago.”
Funds raised on the day are given to the Sporting Chance Fund, which was established to help young people who face financial hardship take part in sport.
Those taking part are required to attend a race briefing at 10.30am before the run starts at 11am.
People can enter the online at sportsground.co.nz/waitakicrc or at the Waitaki Community Recreation Centre.