The Color Run – also known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” – took place in Singapore for a third year in a row this weekend on Sentosa Island. With entry tickets for both Saturday and Sunday being sold out, a total of 18,000 experienced and inexperienced runners participated in the event. This also made the Singapore Run the biggest event of The Color Run series in Southeast Asia.
Out of the 18,000 people several was from Scandinavia. Both Marianne Plougmann Andersen and Trine Kähler are from Denmark and works in Singapore for the Danish footwear company Ecco. They ran Sunday with other friends from Scandinavia and Romania, all of them trying the run for the first time. Marianne Plougmann Andersen, 28, is an international management traniee at Ecco, and like many other participants she did not sign up for the event to physically challenge herself
“I chose to take part in The Color Run because it looked like a fun event, and I have wanted to participate in previous Color Runs but the timing wasn’t there. I thought it would be a good chance to have a good time with your friends and to do something different than what you normally do on a weekend,” she says.
The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 and has since then developed into becoming the largest event series in the world, and is now hosting more than 300 events in more than 50 countries in 2014 alone. The run donates 1$ of each entry fee to a chosen charity. This year the money goes to CABCY, which is a voluntary society who works towards increasing bullying awareness in Singapore.
At four o’clock the countdown started from 10 and with air humidity around 80% and the sun burning through the skies bringing the heat to 32 degrees, the girls and their friends started their run in the first group of people who was let over the starting line. During the 5 kilometres they were doused with four different colours at each kilometre reached, and by the finish line it was clear that they had all met the only two rules of the run:
- Wear white at the starting line and
- Finish plastered in color
Both Marianne Plougmann Andersen and Trine Kähler had overall nice things to say about the run, but did have a suggestion of improvement for the next event.
“Only thing I thought was missing was more waterstands along the route. It was really hot and no clouds in the sky and we had to wait for a while in the starting area. It was really nice that they provided drinks at the finish line, however the water was lukewarm, which was not ideal,” Marianne says.
Both girls would participate again if given the chance.