And now for something completely different…
The Hong Kong Color Run is a 5-km running event that has no winners and no time limit. It is a family activity that emphasizes fun and exercise rather than actual competition, and seems inspired by the Holi Festival, the Hindu festival of color. Part a larger worldwide series, this inaugural event in Hong Kong was sold out in a few hours after tickets became available – all 16,000 slots! I was lucky enough to get a spot through AsiaWorld-Expo, where the event was held (and where my wife happens to work 🙂 ).
As part of the race package, you get a white T-shirt, number, headband, and a sealed phone/ID holder. You’ll need that because at various stages throughout the run (every kilometer stage), you’re pelted with food-grade colored cornstarch. By the end of the course, everyone is covered in bright technicolor powder. It’s all good fun! There’s also a huge dance party at the finish line.
Despite the overcast weather, the threatening rain didn’t materialize, otherwise it would have been an even bigger mess… I wrapped my camera in cling wrap and then doubled it with a plastic bag, and it worked to keep it nice and clean (after hearing horror stories of destroyed gear at these events).