Colourful event draws 2200

The Dunedin Rainbow Run was both bursting at the seams and awash with colour yesterday.

The increasingly popular event attracted its biggest crowd so far to Logan Park, as runners were pelted with colourful dye while completing the 5km fun run or walk.

Runners’ mostly white T-shirts turned red, blue, purple and green,  as did their faces, hair, arms and legs.

The run attracted about 2200 people, a figure Sport Otago business development and events manager Michael Smith said had risen from 1500 last year.

About 2200 people turned up at Logan Park for the Sport Otago Rainbow Run yesterday. Photos:...
About 2200 people turned up at Logan Park for the Sport Otago Rainbow Run yesterday. Photos: Gerard O'Brien.
That, too, had been an increase on about 400 in 2015.

The event was growing naturally, and had been well marketed, he said.

Izak Wilson (12) and Mitchell Wheeler (12), both of Dunedin, run through a cloud of blue dye on...
Izak Wilson (12) and Mitchell Wheeler (12), both of Dunedin, run through a cloud of blue dye on the finish line.

The weather forecast for the day — MetService was predicting temperatures over 20degC — also helped.

The event was a fundraiser for Sporting Chance, a Sport Otago initiative that provided basic sports equipment and financial assistance for children affected by financial hardship.

Mr Smith said the need to hold the event within Logan Park without closing or crossing roads — which would have required traffic management and cut into funds — meant there were "bottlenecks" early on.

The large numbers exacerbated that situation.

The run will be held in Alexandra and Oamaru next month, and in  Balclutha in November.

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