Mossel Bay will burst into a blaze of fun and glory when its first Color Run – the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’ – kicks off on the 16th of December, 2014.
The Color Run is an international phenomenon (it was presented in more than 170 venues in more than 30 countries in 2013, and forms the single largest event series in the USA) that ‘celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.’
The event will take the form of an untimed race, and is open to runners, walkers and the disabled.
Mossel Bay Municipal Manager, Dr. Michele Gratz, said that the Run has the full backing of the Municipality.
“It’s a perfect fit (if you’ll pardon the pun) for our strategy of encouraging events and festivals in Mossel Bay, and it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy themselves and the natural warmth and beauty of Mossel Bay,” she said.
“The Municipality will provide logistical support to ensure that the event runs safely and smoothly given that there will be inevitable disruption to traffic on the day.
The Color Run in Mossel Bay is being organised in conjunction with local running club Hartenbos Drawwers, and will begin at Santos Beach at 9:00 a.m.
Leon Swanepoel, licence holder of The Color Run Africa Series, said that the event in Mossel Bay will work on the same formula as all others. Color Runners will be asked to dress in white for the event (or in fancy dress: tutus have proved popular) and participants will start racing in batches of about 500 each at three minute intervals in order to ensure enough room for everybody to move along the scenic route.
“Some of the colour will come from the non-toxic, 100% organic powder which’ll be launched onto the crowds at every kilometre – but a lot will come from the participants themselves,” he said.
“Most participants should complete the route in one- to two hours, and from there it’s into the festival zone where we’ll have DJs, local acts, best-dressed competitions, food and drink – and signature color blasts.”
Mr. Swanepoel said that, like all other Color Runs around the world, the Mossel Bay Colour Run will take place in aid of designated charities. “The organisers will meet early in December to finalise these arrangements,” he said.
Tickets for the Color Run will cost R 200.00 per adult (or R 180.00 for adults running in teams of four). This price include an event T-shirt and sweat band, a bag of color powder, a temporary tattoo, a printed race number, and entrance to the Finish Festival. Children under ten running in the company of an adult enter free of charge – although they won’t receive goodie bags.
Tickets are available online or from the Wimpy Restaurant in the Mosselbaai Mall, Wimpy in the Bayside Centre, or Delfino’s Restaurant on Point Road. These manual entry points will sell tickets until a few days before the event.
Registered Color Runners are required to collect their participation packs from the Santos Beach Information Centre (the Old Power Station) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the 13th or the 15th of December.
The event web site invites enquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org “if you require disabled parking or have other special needs in this regard.”
Please visit www.thecolorrun.co.za/mossel-bay for detailed information and online reservations. •