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Purple rain .. Oamaru Intermediate School pupils (from left) Shelby Jones (12), Meadow Neill (12), Shaun Reynolds-Gilbert (12, obscured), Jordyn Phillips (12) and Abby Thomson (12) are hit with coloured powder by Sport Waitaki co-ordinator Rhiannon McLean as they prepare for the Rainbow Run. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

If you don’t mind a bit of colour in your life, Sport Waitaki’s Rainbow Run at Oamaru Racecourse is the place to be.

The 5km run, walk, skip or jog – whatever takes your fancy – gets under way at 11am on October 14, following a race briefing and warm-up at 10.30am.

Sport Waitaki co-ordinator Rhiannon McLean said the event involved participants being pelted with coloured powder as they negotiated the grass track.

“We’ve got five great sponsors and each have a colour station, so when you run through their colour station they’ll throw coloured powder at you. There’s purple, green, yellow, blue and orange.”

She said the Rainbow Run was a great day out for all.

“Everyone should come along. It’s a great way to get active on a Saturday morning. It’s good fun and a great family event.

“This year we’re welcoming buggies and balance bikes, so the whole family can come along and have a great time.”

Miss McLean hoped about 650 people would register for the event, in line with previous years.

“The more people, the better, because it’s more fun when there’s more people going around. You can walk, run or skip – anything you like to get around the course.”

Money raised from registrations goes to Sporting Chance, a Sport Otago initiative that provides families with financial support so children from disadvantaged families can pay for sports subs and equipment.

“Sporting Chance is great for kids where finances are a barrier to them participating in sport,” Miss McLean said.

Registrations for the Rainbow Run will be taken until the day before the event.

People can register at the Waitaki Community Recreation Centre, or on the centre’s website. The entry fee is $10 per person, or $30 for a family.