The Color Run Port Elizabeth is happening this Sunday 12 June 2016. Also known as The Happiest 5km on Earth, this is a color race with four color zones, where runners are covered in bright (and safe) powder. Port Elizabeth has been one of the event cities since it arrived in South Africa and this year the event has a new route that starts at the Boardwalk Festival Lawns. The great thing about this event is that it is untimed. When I was at university I belonged to an Amateur Athletics club (I know right now I don’t look like I did, but I was). I was one of those people who ran 10km races for fun, but I was one of the slowest runners in my club, so I was consistently pushing myself to be faster. Because the Color Run is untimed, there’s no pressure to run a PB, all you need to focus on is having fun. If you’ve never walked, jogged or run 5km before, I can assure that anyone can do it. Unless you have a medical condition you can complete it. This guide on how to prepare for the event won’t focus on your athletic capabilities, but on how you can have an awesome and fun time.
How to prepare for The Color Run Port Elizabeth
The color shows up best on white and or light clothing. Just don’t wear anything that you’ll have difficulty in cleaning. The color powder will wash out of your clothes, but rather be on the safe side.
This race is all about fun. Tutus are a popular choice. Be innovative and stand out from the crowd. I have a few metres of tulle, which I’m thinking of making into a tutu. I’ve already been on Pinterest to see the different options that I could make.
Go as a group
You know how the saying goes, “The more, the merrier”. Get at least 3 other people and you can register as a group and get to choose a fun name. The run is suitable for people of all ages (children under 10 enter for free) so bring your family and friends. Also if you register as a group, you get a discount.
Bring along a ziplock bag
What’s the point of doing the Color Run if you’re not going to take photos? This is where a ziplock bag comes in. Keep your camera lens and phone clean by putting them in a clear ziploc bag. The event’s website recommends plastic wrap, which could be more convenient .
The colored powder is made from cornstarch and is safe, but getting it into your eyes won’t be fun. So rock a pair of sunnies.
See you at The Color Run Port Elizabeth!
For more information and purchase your ticket check out the Port Elizabeth event’s Facebook page.
Images all via Pixabay.