Last Wednesday (24.09), which happened to be Heritage Day, we were invited by The Color Run to partake in the Color Run Johannesbrg. The Color Run was founded in 2012 and has since become a global phenomenon, taking place in over 30 countries.
Ps. We also wanted to know all about that paint. Environmentally friendly? Staining? Easy to remove? And, Is it Color or Colour?
would do. We woke up at 5am, did our scheduled 10km training run, refuelled and
dressed in our oldest running gear.
We made our way to Roosevelt High School in Emmarentia for a (trainer unauthorised) bonus fun run. I mean how fast could it really be… and 5 kilometres is like not even running…
Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2014 (Heritage Day)
10am (Any runner worth their polly shorts will tell you that you that you can tell a lot about what kind of race it is by the starting time. A 10am start time? Leave the pace chart at home, you’re in for a fun run.)
(if accompanied by an adult. No fun pack included)
A 10am start time means the sun is out in full force. It happened to be a gorgeous summer day of 30°C. Totally off game, we forgot the sunscreen at home and were only conscious of it when a nervous house wife marched passed our car, explaining loudly on her phone ‘…& don’t forget the
Treaty Tip: Bring Sunscreen, apply and then reapply!
For those who attend the annual Total Sports Ladies Race, you will be familiar with the venue. Parking is readily available, although depending on the time you arrive, you may have to walk a bit. (hello warm-up!)
Criticism aside, after the race we chatted to the energetic and bubbly car guard closest to our car who was beaming about the vibe of the race. A runner too, who ‘was thinking about doing The Color Run but focuses on 10 & 21km races so decided it would be too laid back’. He regretted that
decision after seeing how much fun everyone was having and how well it was organised. His name was Never Matiya and to most people that name won’t sound familiar but it should.
Color Run Johannesburg Race Packs
We arrived at the race start line, faced with a sea of Color Runners kitted out in the same shirts and many made use of the optional merchandise purchase option and were bedecked in the colorful kit on offer – funky striped knee high socks, tutus, wigs and sunglasses.
|Siblings Georgia and Joshue Eccles fully kitted out in Color Run Gear|
The Color Run Johannesburg
|The guys of Sweat1000 getting the crowds warmed up|
|The young ones leading the way|
|The Color Run JHB Route Map and Profile|
Completely environmentally friendly, it is made up of corn starch and color dyes and flavouring agents and absorbs back into the ground.”
|The Pink Color Zone|
While the older runners (read above 18 years) clearly viewed this as a casual run, to the youngsters it was a race and they were in it to win it. It was incredible watching these kids give it their all and
sprint their way through the course.
inducing and the little girl who exclaimed to, who must have been her little sister, ‘Tell me if you get tired but I think we’re like the top 10’ melted our hearts.
|Amber Fairon coming into the finish|
|Aiden Peterson, Ross Gauld, Sebastian Walker and Mathew Freer|
Value for money
|Friends Yolandi, Marilyn, Werner and Boin ready to have some fun!|
The Color Run shows people how being active is fun, and is a fabulous way to introduce your kids to fitness, and as we saw a great way for kids to let their competitive natures shine.
|A Purple Color Flash|
Not every run is supposed to be serious and now and again, when you remove the pacing, the strategy, the time and the pressure you get to remember just why you run.
|Even Borat came out to run|
Haven’t participated yet? The Color Run will next be in Cape Town on October 18, Nelspruit on November 15, Pretoria November 22 and Hermanus on December 27. In December you will also find it at all the holiday destinations… Ballito, Bloem, Mossel Bay, Grahamstown, PMB and Plettenburg Bay. There will be ample opportunity to get your Color on and we recommend that you do: Enter Here
What is the general vibe of the race?
What distinguishes The Color Run from other events?
The Color Run as a whole is vocal about giving back. Does Color Run SA give back and if so where are the funds being allocated?
partnerships that we form. In the Color Run Johannesburg it is Afrika Tikkun, it’s a child
welfare organisation from cradle to careers. This is not a fundraising event so we do not splash it, we just make a donation afterwards.”
What about that paint?
those who proceeded home without making use of this you should note the following:
|Paint stain in elbow crease|
Is it Color or Colour? Both are correct. Color is the preferred American English version. Founded in the US, The Color Run thus makes use of the American spelling. As owners of the license, the SA
Color run has to abide by the global footprint. What are your thoughts on the Color Run Johannesburg?
Feige is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to code things, design things, and all things beauty.