Charity recognises Hindu Holi festival with colourful run offer
A Staffordshire based children’s charity is recognising Holi, the Hindu religious festival which sees participants playfully throwing dried paint over each other, by offering a special 20% family discount on registration for its annual Colour Runner event in Stoke-on-Trent.
Colour Runner, originally inspired by the ancient festival, sees runners blasted with natural powder paint as they make their way around a 2km or 5km course in Central Forest Park, Sneyd Green, in Hanley. This year’s Colour Runner will take place on Saturday 4th April, 2020.
Organisers, Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, describe Colour Runner as the ‘the most colourful sporting event in the region.’
And to celebrate Holi, which takes place on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th March, 2020, Caudwell Children is offering a 20% discount for families who register for the 5km run between Tuesday 10th March and Sunday the 15th March, 2020.
“Holi is a fantastic festival and Colour Runner shares many of its sentiments,” explained Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children. “It’s celebrated in most parts of India and is sometimes called the ‘festival of love’.
“The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring, the end of winter and allows festival goers to meet others and play, laugh, forget and forgive. What’s not to like about that?”
Holi is recognised throughout the world as a joyous celebration where people show love and respect to each other and Kate says Colour Runner is similar. She said: “The run is more party than pain and is suitable for everyone, irrespective of ability.
“The shorter 2km course is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs so the whole family can get involved.
“You can run, jog, hop, skip or simply walk around the course, it really doesn’t matter, it’s just about getting out, having fun, and celebrating participation!”
Money raised from the run will help the charity to provide disabled children with access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need to lead happy, active and independent lives.
Registration on the day will be from 9:00am with the 2km run starting at 10:00am, closely followed by the 5km run which will set off at 10:30am. Each race will be preceded by a warm up session.
Entry to the 5km event is £22 for adults and £15 for children (aged 14 and under). Entry to the 2km run is £15 for adults and £9 for children. Children can run unaccompanied from the age of 15, whilst children 14 and under must run with a responsible adult.
Entry includes a FREE T-Shirt for adults and FREE sunglasses for children and every runner who crosses the finish line will receive a Colour Runner medal.
“We’re asking those who register for the event to set themselves a £50 fundraising target,” concluded Kate. “But we’ll provide runners with a fundraising pack, containing an A-Z of fundraising ideas, to make sure that they smash their target.”
If you wish to register for a family ticket for the 5km run (6 adults or 2 adults and 2 children), and receive a 20% discount enter the code FAMILY20 when prompted on the webpage.
For further information and to register for the event visit the web page here.