The Color Run is a for-profit company of event series that consist of five-kilometer paint race. Generally, this event has no winners. Here the runners are showered with colored powder. People made the powder of food-grade corn starch. The first Color Run event took place in March 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. In the event, there were 6,000 participants. As a matter of facts, the idea of the creation of these series of events came from several awesome events that include Holi, Mud Runs and Disney’s World of Color. Many countries including Armenia joined these series of events in 2015 and since then Armenians also organize fantastic Yerevan Color Run events in the city.
During the Color Run Event, thousands of runners wear white T-shirt. All the participants get covered in a cloud of color powder. The powder colors the runners from head to toe. The color powder is thrown in the air. It makes every runner look like a walking rainbow.
The USA founded The Color Run in 2011. This event promotes healthiness, happiness, and individuality. People also call it “Happiest 5k on the Planet”! It initiates a completely new genre of fitness events. Obviously, this event has taken the world over by a great big rainbow storm. Color Run holds in more than 50 countries.
As it was mentioned above, the Color Run made its Armenian debut in August 2015 in Yerevan. The participants run 3 kilometers. Since then every year the organizers look for new ways to spread happiness to as many Armenians as possible.
In 2017, 112 color run events held in the US, 7 in the UK, 6 in Australia, 4 in China and so forth. Year by year it became more and more popular event in the world.
After the creation of Color Run event, hundreds of similar color-themed events were launched throughout the World. In fact, over 70% of the participants of the events are at the ages 18–40. In 2013.
The runners pass through 5 color stations. The organizers connected each station with different colors. Most of the events are typically celebrations featuring a concert, dance party, and food vendors. The Color Run is the largest running event in the world.
In 2015 as a result of colored cornstarch powder, a serious outdoors dust explosion happened in Taiwan. During these explosions many runners get hurt. Explosions injured 500 participants and caused 15 deaths. This brought public attention to the possible health and safety dangers of airborne powders. Under such circumstances, the Taiwanese banned events involving combustible colored powder.
This brought public attention to the possible health and safety dangers of airborne powders. Under such circumstances, the Taiwanese banned events involving combustible colored powder.
Shortly afterward the Singapore Civil Defence Force started to assess all safety aspects associated with the use of colored powder. Only after the approval, they let the events to take place. Thus proceeding from safety concerns, Shanghai canceled Color Run in 2015. The organizers gave refunds to all participants.
Hong Kong canceled two Color Run events and then banned its use in the country in 2015. Only after a year, it lets IMG to host 5 events.
The organizers plan the Yerevan Color Run event on three core beliefs:
- Healthiness – Though this series of events are meant for having fun, but the organizers also want to help and encourage participates to lead a healthier lifestyle. Thus you can have a good time alongside promoting your health physically and mentally.
- Happiness – As a matter of facts these events gives happiness. You put many smiles on people’s faces that look at you. It is really the greatest achievement of the organizers. The pursuit of creating happiness drives the team every day. So if you’ve never been in Yerevan Color Run events join to the next one, as it impossible to express the joy that this event gives.
- Individuality – Never before and never again through ages to come there will never be anybody exactly like you again. So what the people need to do is to produce their best, their potential. Every one of us has its own story to tell. The team believes you, they believe your individuality.
Yerevan Color Run 2015
Armenians hosted the first Yerevan Color Run event in 2015. The organizer of Yerevan Color Run event, ”Run Armenia” Company cooperated with ”Spring PR ” Company which supported them with Mass media relations, media documents creation, organization, event management and evaluation.
In the early morning, the participants gather near Karen Demirchyan Complex. This kind of run requires no age and Sports skills. The participants only did fitness training to flex their muscles and be ready for the start.
During the Run, the runners were covered with safe and colorful powder. So in the end, they recognized neither their friends nor even themselves.
The participants should run 5k, but because of weather condition, the organizers announced that because of hot weather the runners only need to run 3k.
The team of organizers gave the money of the membership to “Hay Mayrer” (“Armenian Mothers”) Charitable Non-Governmental Organization. The organizers finished events with fireworks and disco.
Yerevan Color Run 2016
In July 2016 Armenia’s capital city Yerevan hosted the second “Yerevan Color Run” event. The Initiator of the event was Kazar Hakobyan.
1500 people participated in Yerevan Color Run 2016. Color Run is one of the most important summer events across the globe. Some famous Armenian singers have joined the initiative.
As a matter of facts, the participants have registered themselves many days earlier near Karen Demirchyan Sport and Concert Complex. In 2016 Yerevan Color Run, the participants run 5km paint race. It started at 9:00 am.
Before the start, the runners did half-hour warm-up. On the way, the participants showered each other with colored powder, made of food-grade corn starch.
In 2016 Yerevan Color Run involved not only residents of Yerevan, but also people from regions of Armenia, Karabakh and numerous tourists.
This year also Ameriabank was the general sponsor of the event. Thus Yerevan Color Run 2016 supported healthiness and happiness and increased interest in sports.
Though in general, the event is not competitive but the winners of Yerevan Color Run 2016, three girls and three boys received prizes from the bank. The organizers gave the money from the event to charity, for families left homeless after the Gyumri earthquake.
Yerevan Color Run 2017
In 2017 Yerevan Color Run took place in the heart of Yerevan, at the Republic Square.
The organizers prepared a lot of surprises for the participants. Thus the team created a magic atmosphere of the party.
Yerevan Color Run is one of the happiest five kilometers of Armenians. In fact, it is a marathon and a party that requires no fitness level.
As a matter of facts, Color Run usually takes place in summer, particularly in July. People organized many other similar colorful events in their countries.
In Yerevan Color Run 2017 clouds of colorful smoke were twirling in the air in the center of the city since the morning. Among the participants, there were thousands of Armenians, tourists and students from China, Korea, Russia, India, United Arab Emirates and Iran.
The participants of marathon did pre-run fitness exercises in the morning. After the training, they ran a 5-km race. During the race, the runners colored each other with safe, eco-friendly powder paints of different colors.
The money from the membership of Yerevan Color Run was given for the construction of a Street Workout area in Yerevan. It will let the people attend the training for free-of-charge.
Thus the organizers gave the rest of the money for the construction of a 34-km section of the Yerevan-Berd highway. The membership fee consisted of less than 9USD.
After the event, the organizers gave prizes to three guys and ladies who finished the marathon first. Obviously, the marathon finished with an incredible Festival, music, and party.
Winners and the Music Program
The runners began running from Republic square along Vazgen Sargsyan, Italy, Beirut, Amiryan streets, Mashtots avenue then along Isahakyan, Nalbandyan streets to Republic square. The organizers finished with a firework of paints and a disco. As a matter of facts, the runners were from ages 14 to 55. There were also parents that came with their parents.
Here is the list of the Winners of Yerevan Color Run 2017
|Helen Hovhannisyan (third place)
Karine Avetisyan (second place)
Sarah Fonteyn (First Place, A young lady from New York)
Sarah, the winner told that she participated in such events. She was the first time in Armenia. Sarah liked the country, people, atmosphere, and colors.
The winner came to Armenia by the advice of her friends who also came to Yerevan to participate in Yerevan Color Run 2016.
There were many gifts for the winners. The Sponsors prepared interesting prizes and the State Committee for Tourism gave two first place winners, a boy, and a young lady a package of extreme tourism in Armenia.
Yerevan Color Run 2017 finished with a fantastic music program. There were two famous Armenian DJs, Guevo and Shant.
The singer of the Music program was Sevak Khanagyan who is the winner of the X Factor of Ukraine. In the beginning, he refused to be colored but then the participants could color him with colorful powders.
Information about Upcoming Events
If you are want to lead an active life, be healthy and happy then this series of events are just for you.
So follow the news to know when the next color runs will hold in Armenia.
But if there are no upcoming Color Run events then no worries as if you search Armenian events, you should certainly find other interesting events connected to colors namely, Color Party, Colorful Bubble Party and such others.
Anxiety, sadness, stress and depression impact people’s physical health. These emotions trigger chemical reactions and lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. So take part in such kind of fantastic events and enjoy the glow of good health by being happy.