Colour my run
AT 5.30 IN THE MORNING, the rain was already pouring rather heavily and the sky seemed darker than usual. The first thing that came to mind was ‘How am I supposed to run in this weather?’
Despite raining cats and dogs, more than 3,000 participants had already shown up for the third edition of Colour Rush at Le Park as early as 6 am. What was more amazing was their level of energy and enthusiasm, which wasn’t hard with the non-toxic coloured holi powder provided.
Before the flag-off for the 5km run, the runners were chasing each other and splashing each other with the colourful powder making them look like a human rainbow. With more than 3,000 participants throwing coloured powder at each other, the air was soon filled with puffs of green, blue, orange, yellow and pink as runners danced to the music.
While some brought their umbrellas or raincoats with them, others seemed unfazed by the rain.
Starting off from Le Park, the race route took us down Crookshank Road, Jalan Tun Haji Openg, Rock Road, Jalan Batu Lintang, Bampfylde Road, Jalan Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui and back to the starting line.
Most of the runners did not bother to run, opting to walk instead since it was still raining. Some runners took shelter at bus stops along the route while others seemed to find the fun in running through the rain by splashing into puddles and throwing powder at each other.
While it was fun, it was not cool at times since we were running on the road with cars on the other side of the lane and having powder thrown in your face and blurring your vision is not a great idea.
On the other hand, the traffic officers on duty and crew marshalls were doing a very good job in keeping runners on course and also on the left side of the road so that they did not stray from the mapped out path or block access to passing cars.
By the time we reached Jalan Batu Lintang, the runners seemed to be relieved at the sight of the water station where they immediately quenched their thirst.
While most of the runners were responsible by using the provided rubbish bin, others weren’t bothered and chucked their used cups on the ground. Styrofoam cups seemed to line the route on the way to the finish line.
Dubbed one of the cleanest cities in the country, it was rather disappointing to see Kuchingites throwing rubbish anywhere.
By 8.30 am, most of the runners had already reached the finishing line at Le Park and to celebrate the completion of the 5 km run, the runners were again greeted by coloured powder being thrown at them. Other than the rain, the run was rather enjoyable and fun.
Running for a good cause, the Colour Rush run was organised in support of International Children’s Cancer Day on February 15th to raise awareness about cancer and create an impact among the community.
Also present for the flagging off ceremony was the vice president of Sarawak Children Cancer Society (SCCS) Gary Ho and Director of Ouryouth.my Datuk Patrick Liew.
The event was also supported by Ouryouth.my, SCCS, Hornbill Pacesetters Running Club and sponsored by Lea Sport Centre, Revive, Facelook, CityONE Magamall, Viva La Vida Fitness Studio, The Filmmakers Co and Mita.
Colour Rush 3.0 is also being held at Miri Indoor Stadium and attracted about 3,400 runners. Colour Rush is also going to be held in Sibu on February 8th at Sibu Town Square for the first time.