Run Or Dye, Because I Couldn’t Make Holi Festival

Run Or Dye, Because I Couldn’t Make Holi Festival

For years my friends have been heading to Holi Festival and I had to look at the photos of everyone covered in paint and having fun while I worked in retail. This year I was determined to do it, but typically the weekend it was planned for, in September this time, was when I was on holiday. Bloody typical.

It was then that I started to notice colour runs and in particular Run or Dye* which seemed like a great alternative. The paint and fun factor of Holi Festival but while doing some exercise, and after my 42km marathon the weekend before a little 5km run seemed like nothing.

The venue was set at Hever Castle in Kent and it was a beautiful place with gardens, fountains and lovely buildings. The event was fantastically run with everyone receiving a bag with their running number, safety pins (this is unusual at events!), a t-shirt, other branded goodies and a pack of paint. From around 930am they just let wave after wave of people until everyone had gone, this worked a lot better than assigning people times.

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The pathways were quite jammed with people walking it, even adults with children running around, and some parents with babies strapped to them! After the initial bundle of people we did manage to run big chunks of it, and every km there was a paint station ready to throw another colour onto you.

By the end I was proud that I had woken up super early on a Saturday morning to do exercise, but also brightly coloured thanks to the paint. Overall the day was a great one and i’ll certainly be heading to more of these in the future!

Have you ever done anything like this or been to Holi Festival?

*My entrance was provided by Run or Dye but all thoughts are my own



  1. October 9, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    I might have to do this next year! It looks awesome!!

  2. October 9, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    I've never experience anything like it. It sounds great and I would love to try it too.

    • October 9, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      The good thing was loads of people walked it so it's not an intense exercise session! x

  3. October 10, 2015 / 2:57 am

    I really want to do a Run or Dye event, they look so much fun and loads of my friends would be up for it too! 5km isn't far so I'd like to run most of the bits that I can. Getting up early and doing exercise always makes me feel SO good! x


    • October 10, 2015 / 9:07 am

      For me it's the getting up which is hardest, but when I do wake up and do exercise I feel so good! x

  4. October 10, 2015 / 5:57 am

    Looks like superb fun. As it happens I'd driven past banners for this event at Hever Castle and wondered what is was all about!

    • October 10, 2015 / 9:07 am

      I went into Waitress after and got a few funny looks! haha x

  5. October 10, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Wow! This looks like so much fun, I didn't know what this was all about, I'd heard of it but now I know x

    • October 10, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      It's such a great event! You should give it a go x

  6. October 10, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Wow this looks like it would be soooo much fun! Not sure I could run it but I'd power walk! xxx

    • October 10, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Power walking is just as good as running. It's a fun event rather than a race x

  7. October 10, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    I've been wanting to do this for ages. Looks like lots of fun. Not sure I could manage running all the way though.

    Laura x x x

    • October 11, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      There were people walking with buggies, so it's totally not a complete running race! x

  8. October 10, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    I went to the Holi celebration once when I was at University in the states. So much fun!!

    • October 11, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Holi looks like so much fun. I do want to do it properly next year if I can! x

  9. October 12, 2015 / 11:31 am

    They do look like a lot of fun, and you get some exercise too. What's not to love?

    • October 12, 2015 / 1:24 pm

      Exactly! Who doesn't want to be covered in paint?! x

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