SINGAPORE - Runner Erli Elfira, in a white T-shirt, was all smiles as she took her first steps at the flag-off of what could be the planet's happiest 5km run.
The 24-year-old student, along with two friends, joined about 8,000 runners in The Color Run, a 5km untimed run which flagged off at about 5pm yesterday.
The first Color Run in the world took place in Phoenix, Arizona in January last year. In Singapore, a total of 4,320kg of coloured powder was pelted at enthusiastic runners who enjoyed the process, which was repeated at 1km intervals.
The run's interesting concept is adopted from the Holi festival, traditionally celebrated in India and Nepal.
The run, which has been organised in 30 countries and 200 cities, has been a hit in many parts of the United States.
It will happen for a second time today, at the same time. In total, the event is expected to attract 16,000 people.
Squeals of laughter and cheers of triumph rang high as participants, doused in bright shades of red, blue and yellow ran past the finish line.
Said Miss Elfira: "My friend has always been very intrigued by this festival, but hesitated to take part while in India because of safety reasons.