Run or Dye – London’s most colourful 5k run – is taking part in the capital next month.
And as you may know, this rather unique event is inspired by the Indian Holi festival. So as you pound the track at Trent Park in Enfield, willing volunteers cover you in a kaleidoscope of coloured powdered dye at every kilometre. Because, well, it’s just kinda fun.
I’ve run a 10K with polar bears and snow. I’ve run charity races wearing bright green leg warmers. And I sacrificed my social life and knees (and I guess you could say sanity) to run the London Marathon last year. But I don’t ever recall taking part in a running event quite like this one.
Run or Dye takes place on the 9th May. And aside from making sure you make it through all that multi-coloured powder to get to the finish line, its ethos is for runners to celebrate life, friendship, fitness and fun.
I liked the sound of Run or Dye, so when I was offered a place for Oh So London, of course I obliged. How can you miss out on this? Plus, once you hit the finish line, you can delve right into the middle of a ‘colour storm’ at their Finish Festival and throw a bit of dye around yourself.
I’ll be running with a group of friends and the good thing about the Run or Dye event is it’s open to everyone. You don’t have to be ultra fit, nor are you obliged to run the whole way. You can walk, skip or dance, if you feel that way inclined. And it’s a great family day out as children can take part too.
In the past people have worn pyjamas, fancy dress, and even wedding dresses. But most don an old pair of shorts and wait for the white T-shirt to arrive in the post for the optimum colour-dye effect.
Run or Dye is happening in various places all over the country so check out the website for all the info you need for taking part, or spectating.
Until next time x