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Colour yourself happy in this charity run inspired by the Hindu festival Holi

Color Run fan Emma Haranis (24, from Mont Albert North) has been excited about the idea since first reading about the inaugural January 2012 event in Phoenix in the pages of a US Cosmo mag. Happily for her, in the space of one year, Color Run – the brainchild of Utah event producer Travis Snyder – spread to many world cities and has now come to 11 Australian cities (Melbourne was first in November 2012 – yay).

Around 3000kg of coloured cornstarch is chucked, and this year’s charity partners include Australian Red Cross, Beyond Blue, Vision Australia, Cancer Council, Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, RSPCA, Heartkids and Fight Dementia.

Emma keeps fit but assures us that training isn’t a requirement. It’s more about having a good time and finishing the race as a dusty rainbow.

Five ways to do Color Run like a boss

1. It’s more fun in a group of three or more, so get a team organised before signing up. Figure out if your mates are likely to walk all the way through (lots of people do this) or sprint, and if you’re likely to get irritated either way.

2. To get optimal colour coverage, stick to the outside lanes! That’s where the officials with the colour blasters are when you get to each of the four Color Zones – pink, then orange, blue and yellow. There’s no shame in rolling around in the colour, either.

3. Sunglasses are a must, unless you enjoy temporary blindness. A water bottle is also a good idea. Hold your breath before entering a cloud, unless you want a bright, colourful smile. The messy stuffy is 100 percent natural food-dyed, food grade cornstarch.

4. Stick around afterwards. Don’t run off the minute the race is over. There are pumping DJs throughout, but the final colour fight and Finish Festival concert is the best bit.

5. Take a towel for afterwards – not necessarily to wipe away the fun but to place carefully on your car seat. Going by tram? Many people wear their colours with pride. If you don’t want to, pack wet wipes and a spare outfit – because this stuff doesn’t just brush off. Bear that in mind when it comes to going out in the evening – you’ll need time to wash your hair. Real pros know to coat their hair with leave-in conditioner beforehand.

Here are some other fun runs to sign up for this November....

Run for the Firies   The Stampede   City2Sea
The Eureka Climb   Miss Muddy   The Bloody Long Walk

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By Jess Lodge   |  

The Color Run 2014 details

400 Epsom Rd, Flemington 3031

Telephone 03 8378 0747

Nearby Stations: Flemington Racecourse
Bus or tram:
Tram: 29

Price $48.50 to $60.50

Date Sun 16 Nov 2014

Open 10am

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