The Color Run

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 🙂 ).

Color Run HKAs 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).

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4 responses to “The Color Run

  1. So how did you get off the colours from your skin? I saw plenty of ‘pink’ faces at Wan Chai MTR in the afternoon, they clearly hadn’t had any luck in getting the colour off.

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    • Basically a good long shower and lots of scrubbing! I hear that the MTR was a mess after the event, even though they gave out plastic ponchos after the race.

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  2. It looks like a great day out – hope your run went well! 🙂 I could not go out to Asia World Expo yesterday, now I regret it, your pics look great.

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    • Yes it was great fun. Cleanup of the venue must have been a major undertaking, though. Once the powder gets wet it really sticks – and of course they were handing out wet napkins to the runners haha!

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