Wānaka Sun       

Colour and chaos at the Rainbow Run

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 10 Oct, 2019 | By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

If you've been struggling to get off the couch and into exercise, then THIS is the universe giving you a chance to stretch those legs and have a blast doing it. Being showered with colour until you look like something out of a My Little Pony accident will make you forget whatever blisters, sore legs or aching feet you might have. Even better, is that you don't have to run this event —  walking is perfectly acceptable. 

The Night ‘n Day Rainbow Run is on this Saturday October 12. Based on the colourful celebration of the Indian Holi Festival, the Night ‘n Day Rainbow Run involves participants running and/or walking a 5km course around the Upper Clutha Rugby grounds and Pembroke Park, and being blasted with brightly coloured, food grade, non-toxic powder as you go. 

Similar events are held throughout the world and this is a chance for Central Otago people to take part in this fun event locally.  Runners and walkers will ‘receive' a fresh layer of paint powder at intervals around the course, and by the end of the event, will look like God's discarded first draft of the rainbow. 

Organised by Sport Otago and Sport Central, there has been one held in Dunedin already with Oamaru and Balclutha events to come.  

Sport Otago Business Development Manager, Moxy Smith said “What greater way to celebrate the beginning of spring with friends, family, and work colleagues than by getting completely covered in bright colour at the Night ‘n Day Rainbow Run.”   

The event is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness.  Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Ticketing details are available at www.sportotago.co.nz.    Numbers are limited so book now, get yourself a white or black t-shirt to see the full effect of your Rainbow Run, and we'll see you at Upper Clutha Rugby Club on Sunday October 12 for a start at 11.00am. 

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