For the second consecutive year, Riverside Park was transformed into a sea of colour on Sunday the 6th of March as a whopping 1196 registered participants across three events (3km, 6km and 9km) eagerly toed the start line despite the stifling temperature, for Swan Hill’s annual Colour Run in support of the worthy Swan Hill Hospice.
Treated to a variety of enjoyable warm-ups (if you didn’t already feel warm enough) from various local fitness gurus on stage, an endless array of colour bombing on the Riverside course to entice runners, a jelly fight organised by Woorinen and District Primary School and a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere encouraging the community to be active, this really was a colourful experience to share with the whole family.
Furthermore, an estimated $20,000 to $25,000 was raised for Swan Hill and District Hospice; a staggering feat from a rural community.
Runners were fortunate to have the local Farmer’s Market operating alongside the Colour Run action and ‘recovery’ was certainly well-catered for with a broad selection of food and drink stalls. Anything from cakes, bread, seasonal fruits and a BBQ operated by the hard-working Sunrise Rotary Club, to fresh juices and fruit icy poles (a winner with the slightly seedier spectators such as myself) – not to mention a wine stall for those who wanted to celebrate in style – were available for the huge crowd down at Riverside Park.
Central Mallee Osteo and their crew were also on hand (literally) to work their muscle magic on the 1000 plus participants as they crossed the finish line (after a welcome spray of water from the Woorinen South CFA); a luxury usually reserved for the elites.
For those who thought that running wasn’t challenging enough in almost 40 degrees and were looking to expend a little more energy, there was also the added bonus of a jumping castle to finish them off.
Only one week out from the successful Riverside Tri last Sunday, Swan Hill’s Riverside Park is already proving to be a thriving event hub in 2016. And with a magical view of the river, a lush area with an abundance of beautiful shady trees and a setting perfect for families and friends to watch the action unfold, it is any wonder that supportive locals and visitors alike are flocking in droves to be part of all the fun.
The greater Swan Hill community spirit has been alive in recent weeks, and with an ever-increasing local interest in physical activity amongst all ages and backgrounds, these events are only going to magnify with such mammoth community support.
And if you are keen to relive the colourful action, missed out on your dose of colour this time around, or simply cannot bear to wait another year, then the nearby community of Sea Lake are staging their first colour run in just two weeks on the 20th March to raise much needed money for their beloved lake; once the tourism jewel of their town. Further details can be found here: Green Lake- Just add colour
For more on the Swan Hill Colour Run visit: www.colouryourrun.org.au