I am one of those suckers who stayed in front of my computer for the organisers to release the tickets at noon one Friday before all slots for the first ever Color Run in Singapore were sold out in three hours. 16,000 slots. Three hours. You do the Math.
Considering how the organisers fucked up the first day of the race pack collection, I expected some sort of human traffic disaster, but everything was smooth-sailing from trying to get into the island to starting the race. My only disappointment was that the volunteers tasked to spray powder weren't very efficient, and I think they should have been standing on apple boxes instead so they could get the runners from a higher angle. It came to a point where my friend and I decided to roll on the floor.
Would I do The Color Run again? No, once was enough. Did it live up to its hype? Let's just say they've got a very good marketing team behind all their promo videos. As for me, I'm still trying to get rid of the stains the red powder left on the palms of my hands.
Running tomorrow? Here's what to expect:
- There is no bag deposit, so come with as little as possible.
- Arrange to arrive about 30 min - 45 min before the race starts. It gives you enough time to orientate yourself, get a bottle of something to drink and take photos.
- It's not a timed run, and there are A LOT of people walking. If you plan to run, be prepared to be annoyed.
- The red powder is heavy duty. It stains the most and is the hardest to remove from your body and your clothing.
- Once you're done, you'll be given wet wipes, bananas, water and 100 Plus and a packet of coloured powder you can use during the after party.
- Cabs will not pick you up from the venue for fear that the powder will stain their cabs. We took a Sentosa bus to Sentosa Cove before hailing a cab from there.