The lead-up to next year’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will kick off in colorful style, with the world-famous Albert Park Grand Prix circuit playing host to The Swisse Color Run Grand Prix Edition, which will coincide with the northern hemisphere Holi festivals.
An expected 20,000 ‘Color Runners’ will take to the track for what is being described as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, to run along the same five-kilometre circuit layout that, just two weeks later, will play host to the curtain-raising Grand Prix of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The run with its colorful twist is inspired, in part, by the Hindu Holi festival, which welcomes in the northern hemisphere spring by throwing natural coloured powders.
The runners will begin in white and finish rainbow-coloured as they are showered in coloured powders over the course of their run, all in the name of fun.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome such a fun and vibrant event on the eve of the 2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix,” Andrew Westacott, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, said.
“With the majority of the Grand Prix infrastructure in place, it will be like no other running track in Australia. We encourage the community to get involved; it doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, fast or slow, it’s a rare opportunity and promises a view of the track very few members of the public ever get to see.”
The event will kick off at 9:00am with the first wave of runners, with staggered starts at three-to-five-minute intervals for subsequent waves of 500 runners.
Participants can registered for the The Swisse Color Run as individuals or in teams of four or more. The entry fee includes an official event white T-shirt, sweatband, race bib, and a packet of coloured powder for the Finish Festival.
The entry fee is $60.50 per person, discounted to $55.50 for groups of for or more. Children under the age of five have free entry. Registrations for the event are now open with entries available from www.theswissecolorrun.com.au.
The Swisse Color Run is not a charity event, but encourages its runners to run for a cause and raise funds through their participation via the Everyday Hero platform for an appointed local charity. An announcement will be made in coming weeks regarding the official charity partner for the 2014 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.