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Over 8 000 people from all walks of life thronged the Borrowdale Racecourse on Saturday for the Zimbabwe Colour Run amid pomp and fanfare.

Men, women and children all came in their droves to enjoy themselves under a sun drenched afternoon at the ceremonial venue to coat themselves red, blue, yellow, orange, purple and green.

In fact, it was a show not to be missed and you just had to be there to see the beautiful people taking a walk right round the racecourse as one big family.

The show lived up to its billing and according to organisers “it is not about the time of your run but is more about having a blast and giving something back”.

The record-breaking crowd was treated to lots of entertainment from music, parachutes, skydivers, memorable colour throws and freebies as well as swag bags courtesy of several sponsors who made the event possible.

The run is an untimed five kilometre race with no one winner but thousands of winners. It doesn’t matter if you are in a baby stroller or on a zimmer frame everyone is encouraged to join “for the event of a lifetime”.

There are only two rules, wear white at the starting line and finish fashionably coated in colour.

But of course, as is always the case, the end of the run is just the start of the fun. After the run there were awesome parties, the likes of which have never been seen in Zimbabwe. There was music, dancing and memorable colour throws.

Those who love to drink were catered for especially at the closing party.

Several performing artistes took turns to entertain the crowd while children had fun on the jumping castles and water slides.

Outside, the merry mood, the event is held to raise money for the Aware Trust who focus on the conservation of animals.

This year the charities that are going to benefit from donations from The Zimbabwe Colour Run are the Harare SPCA and The Emerald Hill Deaf Society.

Already, the Zimbabwe Colour Run have drilled a borehole for the Harare SPCA and donated soccer balls to the children of the deaf society.

Source : The Herald