Billed as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, the inaugural Color Run UAE rolled into the Dubai Autodrome on 14 December 2013. I took part, along with 8,500 people in what might possibly the world’s happiest and most colourful 5km fun run. With no winners or official times, and a focus on wellness, individuality, and giving back to the community, the event has exploded in popularity since its launch in 2012, with more than one million entries registered for over 100 international Color Run events in 2013. I proudly donned my white Color Run t-shirt and tennis skirt and lined up with 8,500 other runners ready to hit the course. At each kilometre a different colour of powder was thrown in the air ensuring all the runners became constantly evolving artwork. The morning was topped off by the Finish Festival with coloured powder bursts and a DJ creating a party atmosphere. $1 from every registration was donated to local and international charities through Just Giving, the world’s largest fundraising platform. I am pleased to say that I ended the day feeling tired and happy? So was the inaugural race a success? Well, I can only say the organisers passed with flying colours.