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The Kenya Colour Run – A Kaleidoscope Of Hues

The Kenya Colour Run – A Kaleidoscope Of Hues












Nairobi’s Uhuru Garden, immortalised as the spot where independent Kenya’s flag was first raised by the nation’s founding father, was the scene of a fun-run marathon with a difference, on 12th August, 2018. Unlike other races in this very sports-orientated nation, the focus was not on who hit the finish line first, but rather on which competitor and spectator could get the most colourful.

Over 3,000 participants armed with sachets of vividly hued powder dyes sprayed each other as they danced rather than ran the 5km race around the vast Uhuru Garden perimeter. Even the planes coming in to land at the nearby Wilson Airport had goggle-eyed passengers peering through the portholes at the multihued panorama below. The sell-out event was organised by a group of youthful well-wishers “Sports for Change.” All the proceeds went towards supporting secondary and tertiary education of other bright but needy young people.

The happening was aptly sponsored by Plascon Paints, famed for their variety of eye catching tint manufacture. The sight of all these hordes of happy young people, covered from head to toe in multi technic coloured dyes and rocking to the music blaring from the PA system, so reminiscent of the celebrtation of the Hindu festival ‘Holi’ in the cities of modern India.

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