Lynne Mowbray |
Yamba came to life early on Saturday morning, as entrants prepared for the Beach Carnivale five kilometre Colour Run, at Ford Park.
Founder/director of Event People Australia Scott Hollow (who ran Saturday’s event) said that he was approached by the Clarence Valley Council to hold the combined Beach Carnivale and Food Truck Carnivale event, which ran over the weekend, at Ford Park.
“A lot of regional councils approach us to bring events into their town and the weather is beautiful up here, especially at this time of year, so we thought it was a good excuse to get out of Melbourne (where we are based),” Mr Hollow said.“We added the Colour Run to the Beach Carnivale event, because we knew that this region wouldn’t have access to an event like this.“The Colour Run is more of a fun thing where people can either walk or run and colour is thrown at them at different points along the five kilometre course. The colour is made of cornstarch powder.“When the participants return from the run, we have music going and they gather together and more colour is thrown and they get totally covered in colour.
“The Colour Run is a bit of a ‘global’ thing at the moment and it gets people who wouldn’t normally run, out and moving and having fun.
“Over the weekend we had other participation activities like volleyball, dodge ball and mini table tennis, as well as other fun games that are not too serious and on Saturday night we had a free outdoor cinema screening ‘Angry Birds’.
“During Saturday and Sunday we had free live local music, as well as the food trucks and amusements.
“We had 400 people taking part in the Colour Run and 300 attending the free cinema at 6.30pm on Saturday night.
“Sunday was a bit quieter due to the cold wind, but we are very happy with the way it all went.
“This is the first year we have been here and with between 4000-5000 people attending the event throughout the weekend, we hope that we can return again next year,” he said.