SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A rainbow of colors streaked the skies as “Color Run” in the summer heat went to this La Union capital to capture the moments and excitement of families and friends along the city’s streets last Saturday.
A total of 2,100 runners made the 3-kilometer and 5-kilometer endurance races which started in-front of the Health and Wellness Center Building, formerly known as Marcos Building, to the San Fernando Bypass Road in the village of Sevilla, this city.
To keep the events more challenging under the scorching sun, sprays of waters of various colors from the Bureau of Fire Protection served as obstacles along the route and provided fun..
After the races, the runners gathered at the city plaza and participated in the ‘ceremonial tossing of colors’ with the use of a dyed substance made of food powder.
According to Anne Hazel F. Flores, city information officer and designated tourism officer, the races were one of the 18 major events of the city in its 18th Foundation anniversary celebration. The city government conducted the event in partnership with “Color Run Manila.”
The event aims to engage families and friends to bond in the summer, promoting healthy life style as well, in-line with the city’s vision to become Northern Luzon’s Center for Health and Wellness, Flores added.
In an interview, Justine Kayne Cordero, one of the directors of “Color Run Manila,” her non-profit organization is a charity foundation that provides support for indigenous children in their educational pursuits.
“Color Run Manila” also promotes health and happiness by bringing together communities from all walks of life. It encourages and illustrates to non-runners how to enjoy sports and be happy to the full.
Ehlai Ardoña, registration team head of “Color Run Manila,” said the 3-day registration exceeded the target of 1,500 so the organizers extended it to at least 2,000.
The runners came from various towns in La Union, Baguio City and the other Ilocos provinces, with Mayor Pablo C. Ortega leading the ceremonial color tossing signalling the start of the one-day activity. Erwin Beleo/northboundasia.com