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Colour Run Barcelona 2016

Written by Garry Gallon

Barcelona seems to love color. Every few months throughout the year the city hosts some kind of festival involving a huge amount of powered dye being thrown around, like what happens during the Holi Festival. If you missed April event, don’t worry, just run! The Annual Color Run is a race where you get pelted with different color powders as you go.

The event, which presents itself as ‘the happiest 5km on the planet’, is happening for the fourth time in Barcelona and this year, and this year it will be hosted by Skittles.

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Photo credit: el Aouita via / CC BY-NC-SA

Photo by el Aouita via Visualhunt

Before the event, participants have to registereither individually or as part of a team. Registering comes with a free and stylish goodie bag filled with items like headbands, adhesive tattoos, and a white t-shirt so that participants don’t have to get their own tops dirty.

The Run

Previous editions of the run have taken place in Montjuic, with contestants starting at Plaça España and being sent off in waves up into the mountain. But this is not just a simple marathon. Every 500m or so, you encounter a ‘color station’. Booming music and a cloud of dust greet you as you make your way through a hemmed-in area where eager volunteers absolutely coat you in colored dust. But you are not defenseless! Your goodie bag also contains your own supply of colored dye which you can throw back at them!

The pace of the ‘race’ is leisurely, and few people take part in order to do a serious run. It is all about the experience: groups of friends jog or amble towards each stop, where a different color awaits.

Regular people and children stroll along beside eager athletes, all becoming more and more like a rainbow in appearance.  A massive party awaits at the finish line as participants toss even more colors around and dance to the sound of music.

Related Article: Holi Run 2016

New this year

In addition to the usual 4 color stops on the course, the ‘rain of colors’ in the festival zone, and the 4-hour musical concert, this year’s edition will include two new features: a confetti rain upon arrival at the Fòrum, and a mysterious Mirror Zone.

The race begins with the first wave of runners at 9 am, followed by 1,000 runners which are sent in every 5 minutes. Participants can choose their start time up until 10.30 a.m.

Practical Information

Photo by Mayer 8 via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC

Photo by Mayer 8 via Visualhunt


Sunday, October 2nd.


Parc del Fòrum

How to get there:

Take the yellow line (L4) of the metro and exit at El Maresme | Forum.


About the author

Garry Gallon

A Scotsman living in Barcelona who loves the culture of the city, and finding out about what it has to offer.

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