On the 21st August, starting at 9.00am the annual Sydney Color Run takes place. You’ll start trotting in white and by the time you hurdle to the finishing line, you’ll be all shades of rainbow thanks to the community showering you in paint as you pound the streets of Sydney.
An event for all ages and fitness levels, the annual spraying day is purely to promote health, cheerfulness and a series of colourful blasts. It’s the city’s happiest five KM run on the planet and is a fantastic, messy extravaganza.
The run is in Centennial Park and early bird tickets are for sale with prices ranging from $62.50 for aged 16+ individuals or $57.50 for teams of four plus. Kids under 5 participate for free and a family price (two adults with two munchkins) are $190. If you sign up to be a VIP, you’ll receive discounted ticket prices and early announcements so keep that in mind.
Due to extreme popularity, the Color Run has tripled growth, hosting more than 300 events in 50+ countries since 2014 so this year’s bound to be a untidy, brilliant one. While you’re team in training or individually taking run laps in preparation of the August big day, tweet the Color Run social crew and remember to tag us in your updates. Make a note that the event isn’t timed, so focus on having a blast of a day and give your competitive edge a breather.
For anyone who’d prefer the non running involvement, you can sign up to volunteer if you’re available on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the run weekend. In return, you’ll receive a free Color Run t-shirt, 10% discount off merchandise and a volunteer certificate. Oh, and maybe you’ll make a few pen pals along the way.
A word of warning: if you show up at the start of the run wearing anything more than 11% white, you’ll be slam dunked into the Color Run jail. Rules are rules and the pure fashion police will be on high alert. Then as you gallop the course, at every km mark, the crowd will blast you with colour from packets provided by the organizers. With the finish line begging you to cross it, the party then really starts. A huge music, dance and mass colour throwing evening with never ending supplies of neons will be your well deserved, rainbow evening soiree.
Fifteen minutes by car, splattered in every colour under the sun, you’ll be back at Cremorne Point. No wonder Tripadvisor’s awarded us a Certificate of Excellence five consecutive years – when you see the views of the Harbour from Cremorne Point Manor, it’ll be crystal clear. An array of colours that will make you happy you finally blend in to the Opera House, Bridge and downtown Sydney.