A kaleidoscope of colours: The happiest 5K on the planet comes to Ottawa

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The Color Run takes place this Sunday in Kanata. To register, visit: thecolourrun.com/canada/ottawa

Josh Finn was born and raised in Ottawa and currently works as a policy analyst at Transport Canada. While he is passionate about travelling, he also enjoys discovering the hidden treasures of his hometown. In his spare time, you can find Josh running or cycling along the canal, participating in sports leagues, volunteering with local organizations or lining up to test the best local food trucks.

By the end of a regular Sunday morning run, I don’t generally expect to end up head to toe covered in different colours. But this Sunday, that is exactly what will happen when I take part in my first Color Run – billed as the “Happiest 5K on the planet.”

Already the largest running event series in the United States, this Sunday is the first time the Color Run is coming to Canada’s capital. I will join thousands of other Color Runners – and an estimated 1 million participants in other Color Runs worldwide this year – on a 5-kilometre route.

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1 million will participate in Color Runs worldwide this year

Each kilometre promises to bring a different shade filling the air and by the end of the race, our white T-shirts will turn into a rainbow. The Ottawa event will begin and end at Canadian Tire Centre (formerly Scotiabank Place) in Kanata. I have seen pictures of participants in Color Runs across the world and ran into colour-filled pedestrians walking the streets of downtown Montreal, following a similar event in that city earlier this summer. I was excited to hear that the event will be filling my hometown with colour this summer as well.

The goal of the Color Run is to promote fun and healthy living – not to break time records. In fact, more than 60 percent of those taking part in the Color Run are first time 5K runners. Unlike more formal running events, the Color Run is not timed and runners of all ages and ability are welcome and encouraged to take part.

While I have taken part in other local races, running through colours will definitely be a new experience for me. I am looking forward to sharing my first Color Run experience on Local Tourist Ottawa following the run on Sunday.

There’s still time to you to join in for this year’s event. You can find more details at http://thecolorrun.com/canada/ottawa/.

Will you be there?