(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha was covered in colour as The Colour Run presented by Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First returned to the Qatar National Convention Centre.
A record-breaking turnout of over 10,000 Colour Runners completed the Happiest 5K on the Planet as they walked, ran, skipped, and, most importantly, laughed their way to the finish line yesterday in their most colourful attire.
One of the biggest events that Doha has ever seen, this edition of the Colour Run was part of The Hero Tour, featuring an all-new Super Zone and Foam Zone as part of the 5k course.
Shaun, a participant of The Colour Run, says: 'This is my second colour run and I felt this year's event was extremely well organised and it was great to see such a massive turnout of first time runners. The return of the foam pit was a fantastic addition. Having medals at the end of the race made me feel happy and accomplished. It was so much fun!
People of all fitness levels gathered for the warm up, before the first wave jetted off on the 5k course in clean white shirts, capes, tutus, socks and sunglasses before getting doused from head to toe in colour!
At the finish line, runners were bursting with colours, energy, and pride as they collected their first-ever medals. Before heading to the Finish Festival to celebrate with their friends, families and colleagues, enjoying the live music and games.
Nesreen Al Refai, Chief Communications Officer for Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar, which runs the Your Health First campaign, said, 'The wonderful thing about the Colour Run is that it brings together huge numbers of people of all ages and from all parts of the community to exercise and have great fun at the same time.
The event is so much fun that it really inspires people to get active and make regular exercise part of their everyday routine, which is one of the core messages of Sahtak Awalan Your Health First.
Since its inception in 2012, The Colour Run has become a global phenomenon, continuing to innovate the 5k paint race genre each year. The event has been experienced by over 6 million people worldwide in 35+ countries and has donated a staggering $6m to charity to date.
In Qatar, the Colour Run donated a portion of every entry to Reach Out To Asia — a programme of Education Above All.