Expat Life in Qatar

Doha: The Color Run Qatar – #Happiest5K on the Planet

February 9, 2015

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 β€œHappiest 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

The Color Run Qatar

 

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 Color Run Qatar

 

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.

The Color Run Qatar

 

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.

The Color Run Qatar

 

The Color Run Qatar

The Color Run Qatar

The Color Run Qatar

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!

The Color Run Qatar

 

 

The Color Run Qatar

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. πŸ™‚

The Color Run Qatar

 

And now, here’s my very amateurish video of the event. πŸ™‚

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The Color Run Doha Qatar



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9 Comments

  • Reply Arundhati Mukherjee March 10, 2015 at 19:02

    Great Post πŸ˜€ Looks like you had a lot of fun… I just reblogged it in my blog, hope that’s okay ! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 17, 2015 at 12:10

      Thank you. Yes, it definitely was a lot of fun.
      I sent you an email re: reblog, I hope you received it? πŸ™‚

      • Reply Arundhati Mukherjee March 17, 2015 at 12:16

        Oh I’m afraid not! It’s arundhati737@gmail dot com. Would you resend it please?

        • Reply Pinay Flying High March 17, 2015 at 12:47

          I think my email to you went to your spam folder. :p It’s the correct email address I sent it to. πŸ™‚

      • Reply Arundhati Mukherjee March 17, 2015 at 12:19

        Oh I’m afraid not! It’s arundhati737 at the rate gmail dot com. Would you resend it please?

  • Reply Sheila (A, B & Me) February 24, 2015 at 09:27

    That is still considered “clean” when it comes to color runs. LOL!
    We did this before and we got picked on because we did not have enough color on us. HAHA!
    Normally I would get pissed when people throw things at me but at that time, it was just pure fun. Hehe.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 24, 2015 at 15:28

      Hahahaha! I wish someone had picked on on us.

      The insides of my ear’s full of color though when I went home. Yaiks!!!

  • Reply neehruamsebeldia February 16, 2015 at 13:28

    Lovely pictures! Indeed the happiest 5k in the planet! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 18, 2015 at 11:24

      Thank you, yes it was really fun and definitely the happiest 5k in the planet. :p

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