An event like no other is set to make a splash in Oamaru this October.
Influenced from the Holi Festival in India, the Rainbow 5km Colour Run will see entrants, dressed in white, running 5km while being doused by different colours.
As they approach each kilometre mark, they will find a local Oamaru business colour station.
These station sponsors and their staff will be armed with brightly coloured powder, similar to corn-starch, and will be attempting to cover each runner or walker in colour as they pass through.
Sport Waitaki’s Kate Cartwright said the event was open to all ages with a focus on fun and enjoyment.
Entrants can take their time around the 5km course which starts and finishes in front of the grandstand and will include the North Otago Pony Club grounds.
Miss Cartwright encouraged everyone to give it a go.
“It doesn’t matter if you are running regularly or keen to have a stroll around the course, the Rainbow 5km is achievable for all,” she said.
The event officially kicks off at 10.30am at the Oamaru Racecourse with music, entertainment, and a group warm up to get everyone ready.
The Radio Network’s Danny Park said the aim was to create a family-friendly event unlike anything seen in the district before.
All proceeds raised from the Rainbow 5km Colour Run will be given to Sporting Chance, a programme of Sport Otago.
The fund enables children from families with financial hardship to participate in sport through the payment of registration fees or vital equipment including boots or sports shoes.
Tourism Waitaki events manager Jan Kennedy said it would be great for locals who were keen to try something new, as well as visitors to Oamaru who are looking for new recreational events that are a little different from the norm.
The cost of entry is $10 per person or $30 for a family (two adults / two children – extra children $5)
For more information and online registration visit www.sportotago.co.nz (under the “Wider Otago” tab). Entries are vital as numbers are limited.
By Rebecca Ryan