Color Run Abu Dhabi: The Happiest 5k on Earth!

I had a blast at the Color Run in Abu Dhabi today, so I wanted to share the fun!

What is the Color Run about? It’s all about having fun with friends and family, while giving back to the community. There’s an entry fee ($38 for the one I went to) and $1 for every person entered is donated to a local charity. You get a race pack including a Color Run T-shirt, headband, and tattoo included with the price. The point of the Color Run is to have fun and get colorful. You don’t have to run if you don’t want to, which is great for me, because I HATE running.

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Before pictures! Look how clean and white our shirts are…

The Color Run in Abu Dhabi was held at the Yas Marina Circuit, also used for the F1. When it’s not being used for racing events, it’s also open to runners on Tuesdays.

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Loved her wig!


About 7000 people showed up for the color run, so we had to be let out in groups of 1000. Some people went all out and dressed up. I can’t tell you how many big hairy guys I saw in tutus…

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What’s cooler than a camera drone?!

Below is a progression of pictures as I get more and more colorful, thanks to the very helpful people at the various color stations we encountered every 15-20 minutes. People were going crazy, throwing fistful of the colorful (and harmless) powders at everyone around them. Bit of advice, if you’re going to do this run, ziploc your camera, or it’s gonna end up with colored powder in it.

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Had so much fun throwing powder at Tim’s face! It looked so cool that people actually stopped to tell him how much they liked his face. He did a pretty good job getting me too. I only wish I could look like that every day; would save so much time on makeup!

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Finish Festival!

The Finish Festival at the end was pretty cool too. We got free t-shirts (after we liked them on Facebook) and a souvenir picture to commemorate our colorfulness. An Emirati reporter wearing an obviously expensive and completely white dishdasha stopped by to interview some runners and it was hilarious watching his discomfort as he watched a crowd of super colorful people passed by. I’m sure everyone was thinking the same thing: let’s throw some at him!

Unfortunately we missed out on the color throwing part because we couldn’t find where to buy the color packets. Oh well…we can do that next time! I hear their next stop is Shanghai…