So finally the famous Colour Run went down for the first time in Kenya on 11th June, 2017 at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi. Pomped with fun and colour, good music and positive vibes, this first ever event in Kenya is something to make you smile to the bottom of your heart, no wonder it’s famed to be ‘The Happiest 5KM run on the Planet’.
The Colour Run originated in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2011 and now takes place in over 35 countries worldwide. This 5 kilometre un-timed, no-winners, no-prizes paint run aims at making the world a happy and healthy place. The Colour Run globally aims at promoting Healthiness, Happiness, Individuality and most important giving back to the society through partnering with different charities in the world. The race is planned in such a way that in each Kilometre covered, runners are showered with different colored powders made from food-grade corn starch.
There are only two simple rules to this event; wear white at the starting line and finish multi-colored from head to toe. The Kenyan event was however run slightly different. The excitement was real which means colors started splashing before the race, at the warm up dance. I mean by the time we got to the starting line, we were already beautifully colored like a Rainbow.
Since in Kenya we have slightly different problems from the rest of the participating countries, the main goal of this year’s event was to promote Peace as we approach the 2017 General elections and to celebrate Kenya’s cultural diversity. Part of the proceeds went towards supporting Sports for Change, a Kenyan charity organization that supports bright but needy students through their education from High School to University and College.
In Africa, the event has been hosted in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and now Kenya, the first in Eastern, Central and North Africa. South Africa was first with the event running in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Polokwane in Limpopo province and Mbombela in Mpumalanga.
The inaugural Kenya Colour Run 2017 was sponsored by KFC, Kweze Sports and Motorola (Yes, Moto is back in Kenya, this time more colorful). Upon finishing 5 kilometres of fun, we joined the Finish Festival featuring a fun aerobic session and some Zumba dance.
Food and drinks were on sale in the Food village. Some beer was also available because what is a Celebration in Kenya without Beer? By the way we brew one of the best beers in the world – TUSKER which is a must try when visiting Kenya.
Talking about food, many thanks to Delia’s Natural Ice Cream for the free Ice Cream treat. The scoop of Mango and Strawberry Ice Cream was neat.
It’s my hope that the organizers will be better prepared in the next race, and the run will extend to other cities across Kenya.
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