By Stephanie Russo
Langley Park became a not-so-winter wonderland, when slime, foam and coloured corn starch powder covered participants in the third Perth Color Run at the weekend.
More than 18,000 people showed up for the five kilometre fun run, making it the largest Color Run in Australia to date.
Every kilometre, participants were cheered on by volunteers and doused in coloured powder—having already been wet with foam ‘snow’ at the beginning of the race to make it all stick in place.
Over the past three years, locals like Vanessa Tee and her family have begun to look forward to the event each year.
“The kids love getting dirty, and full of colour,” Ms Tee said.
“I think it’s good exercise. It’s a really fun family day out.”
While The Color Run is a for-profit event, participants have the option to use it as charity fundraising, and the event itself officially supports one local charity in each city it visits.
In WA, that charity is the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (PCHF, formerly the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation).
This year the PCHF received $30 for each of the nearly 200 volunteers that it was able to bring to the Color Run.
PCHF Community Fundraising Manager Jessica Bezerra said the foundation was very grateful for the generosity of the runners and race volunteers in donating time and money.
She said that the money raised from the official donations and fundraising stall sales, including fireman calendars, is currently estimated to be between eight and 10 thousand dollars.
The money will be split between the burns ward of the hospital and “the area of greatest need.”
“The community has been so helpful and so supportive this year,” Ms Bezerra said.
“It’s our best Color Run yet and we’re looking forward to next year.”
Click the video below for more images from the 2016 Perth Color Run.