Bangkok splashed with colors, sweat at ‘Color Run Thailand’ (PHOTO ESSAY)

Truly living up to its slogan as “The Happiest 5k on the Planet,” the Color Run took place for the first time in Bangkok on Saturday morning, turning Rod Fai park into a myriad of colors.

On the morning of Halloween, many runners showed up early with only a smile painted on their faces. Unlike other races, the Color Run was not timed and there were no winners, just a crazy session of fun-filled running.

At 8am, after the national anthem was played, thousands of runners headed off behind the lead VIP participants including Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Democrat Party leader. At every kilometer mark, all runners, who wore white T-shirts, were dusted with colored powder. And if the colored powder wasn’t enough, participants were also splashed with water at various points. The run was a sort of mix between the Indian Holi festival and our Songkran.

“It’s really hot because we run late in the morning. But it’s a lot of fun to join this race. I’ll definitely come back again next year,” said Kae, 36, a regular runner.
 

“We came here in a big group of friends from high school. It’s fun to run with friends who have never joined other races before. Some of us still haven’t finished. And I don’t even feel tired yet. I feel like a youngster today!” said Lek, 43, a regular runner.

 

“I’m a very active and adventurous person. But this is my first time to join a running event. It was a lot of fun. I’m not as tired as I expected to be. My favorite parts are the color throwing and the big crowd, especially the good looking ones,” said Sai, 28, the first-time runner.
 

After the race, the runners joined together in the staging area for the after party to enjoy a dance off competition, DJs and get a well deserved rest.

Photos: Watsamon Tri-yasakda/ Coconuts Media

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