The latest Colour Run event was held in Beijing on June 20, attracting an estimated 20,000 ‘colour runners’ to take part in the five-kilometre race.

The latest race in Beijing was the newest addition to a global series of Colour Run events, which featured an untimed five-kilometre race where runners were pelted with coloured powder.

The first Colour Run event was held in the US state of Arizona in 2012 in an effort to encourage casual runners to run for fun. It describes itself as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “happiest 5k on the planet”‘.

Beijing residents having fun during Color Run event. Photo: ecns.cn
Beijing residents having fun during Color Run event. Photo: ecns.cn

The Colour Run event will return to Hong Kong for the second time on December 6.

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Eric is currently a Bachelor of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. Eric has his finger on the pulse of Hong Kong events and politics. His work has been published on The Guardian, Reuters and ABC News (America).