When I first heard that the happiest 5k on the planet is being brought to Qatar, I bought my ticket immediately even if I was still in the US at the time and was still waiting for my visa to go to Doha. That’s how excited I was and thankfully, it worked out well for me as I got my visa few weeks prior to the original date of the run. The Color Run Qatar was set for 24JAN however, due to the unfortunate passing of the king of Saudi – it was moved to 07FEB instead.
WHAT IS THE COLOR RUN QATAR?
The Color Run was founded in March 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. We are the original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially.
Source: The Color Run International
It is a marathon, yes but unlike any other marathons out there – it’s not a boring one. Everyone is encouraged to join no matter what age you are. You also don’t have to be a seasoned or competitive runner as it’s not timed nor is it a competition – so you can enjoy the event/run at your own pace. For every kilometer you complete, a splash of color awaits you which to be very honest – was a good motivation for me to finish the whole length of the marathon. Hah!
THE COLOR RUN QATAR EXPERIENCE
We arrived at the Qatar National Convention Center at around 0730hrs, there was quite a traffic on the way to the venue. Parking space wasn’t a problem though as the QNCC was prepared for such huge events. There was a Les Mills training going on at the starting line for the warm up as we wait for the official start of the marathon. We watched people dressed in tutus, wigs, funky shades and some other colorful things that they can think of . We were probably the most boring ones out there wearing only the Color Run shirt that we have.
The first batch of runners were set to go at 0830hrs and an interval of I think 5 minutes (I’m not very sure) was maintained to let the next batch of runners to go so as to avoid overcrowding at the marathon lane. I was actually wondering how can we all be covered in colors if all these people were running on the lane all at the same time? I guess they were able to think of that ahead of time and would love for all of us to experience being covered in colors.
Alas! Our time came to run and the wait was all worth it. It was how I expected it to be – an incredibly fun and unique event. We of course were just brisk walking while some runners were really getting into it and running past through us. Some would even do push ups at the color stations before continuing their run. No push ups and no running for me, I was happy taking photos and video of the event – that’s my cardio and of course the brisk walk. Hah.
There were some water stations where they give water cups for free and at the finish line, a huge celebration awaits you. It’s like a concert in broad daylight and instead of seeing lit lighters above the crowd, splashes of colored powder would be seen. It was absolutely fun!
I will have to say that the whole event was well-planned and organized – from the moment you’ve signed-up to attend the happiest 5K upto finishing the run itself, everything was well-coordinated. Their main focus for the event was to make it fun and enjoyable for all and I’ll have to say that they were able to deliver that with flying colors. Pun intended. 🙂
And now, here’s my very amateurish video of the event. 🙂
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