RAINBOW clouds took over the skies at Kawana as 6500 people showed up to compete in the Swisse Color Run.
While each runner began all dressed in white running gear, there was little white to be seen once the 5k run concluded on Sunday.
Runners were showered with green, pink, purple and yellow-coloured powder made from natural corn starch, which turned their pristine whites into a colourful rainbow. In what's known as the "happiest race on earth", race director Woody Sedgman said about four tonnes of colour was used for the Sunshine Coast leg of the event. "We're just cleaning up everything now; it's a big job. It takes about a day and a half to clean up," he said yesterday.
"We have cleaning staff and equipment ready to go for when the last runner passes through."
Since this event debuted in Melbourne in November 2012, more than 270,000 Australians have earned their stripes as "Color Runners".
Travelling to 12 spots across Australia, Mr Sedgman said the Sunshine Coast Stadium venue was one of the best. "They have all the facilities and infrastructure ready to go. It's the perfect venue and it's why we love coming back."
He said plans were already on the cards to bring Color Run 2015 to the Coast. "We'd love to come back; it's an awesome spot. We'd be silly not to come back."
This year two local charities will benefit from the Color Run - SunnyKids and Hear and Say to help Sunshine Coast children.
Written by Natasha Christian
Courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Daily