As Billy Bragg once said: “You can experience the download but you can’t download the experience.” In other words, YouTube parties can hardly qualify as a substitute for the real thing.
A couple of weeks ago, we took part in the self-proclaimed “Happiest 5K on the Planet” aka “The Color Run”, a family-friendly fun run for those who don’t mind being a human canvas. Oh, it was no YouTube clip. It was real and it was awesome.
Each kilometre of the race features a colour-pelting station dedicated to a single hue: blue, pink, orange, green, yellow. As runners pass through each “colour zone”, clouds of powder get tossed on them by volunteers armed with mustard bottles filled with colour dust, culminating in a Pollock-esque colour riot at the end of the 5th kilometre.
And who deserves a good wash now?