I AM HAPPY.
Last Saturday I woke up at 7am, arrived at my local coffee shop a little after 8 to grab myself some early morning fuel (caffeine fixes everything) and meet up with two friends. Where were we going? To take part in 'The Happiest 5K On The Planet'. The day was all about having fun and exercise.
The Color Run is a fun run raising money for the NSPCC. What makes it unique is as you make your way around the course, you run through color zones. These sections are filled with volunteers who proceed to throw powdered paint all over you! If that wasn't enough they've also included a foam party section. You arrive in a crisp white tee, this comes in the running pack you receive a couple of weeks before the race along with your runner number & pins to attach it to your shirt. There was also a headband, little typography tattoo transfer reading 'HAPPY' in gold and few other bits and pieces.
But as you can see from the photos the tee doesn't stay white for long...
It all started with a warm up session, that alternated between having tons of 'swag' thrown into the crowd including sunglasses, socks and wristbands. Who doesn't love a bit of free merchandise? To the Townsend twins taking the stage, getting us all moving to the music, all whilst being cheered on by a guy in a unconventional unicorn costume. After an hour and a half of dancing about, it was time to get to the starting line. The waves were about to begin.
I AM HEALTHY.
There are a lot of people, and I mean a lot. They let you go in waves and we were in the third lot of people to set off round the course which was located around the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Passing people of all ages and sizes, we started with Green, then Pink, Orange, Yellow, Red and a massive mountain of foam!
If you watch the video (I've linked below, shot by Yasmin & Amy, also known as A2Y Travellers), you will witness the fun in it's all it's chaotic, colourful glory. Including the soaking I got from the foam cannons. It's a pretty easy race, I personally run quite a few times a week usually around 6.5k so it wasn't very challenging but more just about having fun.
Approaching the finish line we were welcomed with bottles of water and a whole selection of food stalls from Coffee & Candyfloss to New York Bagels. We headed over to the stage where everyone was partying, dancing and celebrating after completing 'My Happiest 5K!' I don't think I have ever seen so much colour in one crowd. They handed out packets of the powdered paint & every so often started a colour countdown. This would lead to a massive rainbow being released, as people threw the powders into the air. As you can see underneath this turned the perfect blue sky into a canvas.
I AM ME.
The Color Run was without a doubt one of the most fun events, I have ever been involved in. The atmosphere was electric & more importantly it is an event that families, friends and even kids can do! You can walk, skip, dance or run your way to the finish line but one thing is for sure you wont leave without a massive smile on your face.
I already intend to sign up again next year & I'm considering the September one located in Bristol. I love anything fitness related but the messages being spread really resonated with me at this event. After the recent terror attacks, particularly in Manchester, it is heartwarming to see people all joining together & still getting involved in events just like this. Not being put off by the crowds of people but instead rallying together in the face of terror. Refusing to not go out & just enjoy being who we are, being happy!
Just like the posers we are, here is our action shot at the finish. If anyone is wondering whether to sign up or thinks they cant do it I promise you, you won't regret it this race is for EVERYONE. Not only that but rain or shine you can't help but enjoy yourself. It's important to enjoy the little moments.
🍑 A B Y
Aby, 24. Northerner.