Colour explosion at the unearth rainbow run

Organisers are expecting to top the 1300 people that turned up to last year's Rainbow Run when Saturday's 2018 unearth Festival event gets underway

It’s colourful, it’s fun and it’s back again this year at the Whyalla uneARTh Festival.

We’re talking about the Rainbow Run, a colour-crazy event that is happening on Saturday, March 31. This will be the third Rainbow Run in Whyalla with the first event attracting 750 people and then last year, as a part of the first ever uneARTh Festival, it attracted 1300 people.

The organisers of the run, the City of Whyalla Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and Events to Activate, are expecting an even bigger crowd this year and have been busily packing bags of the non-toxic fun powder that make for this spectacular event.

The Rainbow Run involves an open invitation for anyone to come along to walk, run, skip or dance  around a 3km trail while getting covered from time to time at five “colour stations” with all sorts of coloured powder.

The powder is completely safe it and it’s a complete crazy thing to do!

Those participating are encouraged to wear white clothing to emphasise the colours they’re going to be displaying all over themselves. You’ll also need to wear good walking shoes, adults should wear sunglasses and children will be issued with goggles for a gold coin donation or you can bring your own.

“This isn’t a race, there’s no winners, it’s just getting some colour on and having heaps of fun,” City of Whyalla Youth Development Officer and Rainbow Run organiser Gail Rostig said.

“It is a spectacular event designed for the whole family to get involved and have some clean, healthy, colourful fun.”

The Rainbow Run starts at 4pm from the foreshore near the big fig tree. You can register on the day between 2.30pm and 3.30pm or pre-register at the Whyalla Library or online at

The delightful, and colourful, Namaste dancers will put everyone through a Rainbow Run warm-up with some Bollywood dancing lessons and then it’s off on the course which will go down the foreshore, around the marina and back to the gardens in time for more free entertainment and activities at the uneARTh Festival.

The Rainbow Run finishes with a special finale where everyone on the run will be given their own packet of powder to gather and throw in the air for an amazing co-ordinated display.




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