First Color Me Rad race held with more than 10,000 running

By John Liu, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The international Color Me Rad 5K marathon was held in Taiwan for the first time yesterday, with more than 10,000 people joining and turning themselves into colorful beings. The run, held at Dajia Riverside Park, attracted a diverse group of participants. Among them was Miss Ko, an English and Chinese rapper, as well as the 2013 Golden Melody Awards Best New Artist winner. Racers started off wearing white T-shirts and were sprayed with colored powders at “color stations.” Color bombs of blue, green, pink, purple and yellow were fired on participants, who not only become colorful in the race but also experienced a psychological boost.

Since the first run in Utah, there have been more than 100 Color Me Rad runs all over the world. It promises that every participant’s “outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate … and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.” Some of yesterday’s participants exhibited their creativity in their clothes. One group, named “Evil Monster” from Chung Yuan Christian University, dressed up like dairy cows, Godzilla and Japanese cartoon character Totoro. Of the many couples who joined the event, some ran with baby carriages while others ran with their kids. Even disabled people in wheelchairs were among the participants.

Three men took advantage of the festive atmosphere to propose to their girlfriends. One man, surnamed Zhu, changed into a white suit at the finish line to pop the question to his tearful partner. Shortly afterward color bombs turned Zhu’s white suit into one fit for a hippie.

In addition to the donations made by runners during registration, the event sponsor will donate additional NT$300,000 to the Special Olympics Chinese Taipei.