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Hopetoun cracks down on use of plastic for colour run

Hopetoun is going green for this year’s community colour run with Hopetoun Community Resource Centre hosting the third annual colour run completely plastic free.

Residents will be covered in the colours of the rainbow as they run or walk a 5km loop from McCulloch Park before settling in for an afternoon in the park on February 22.

Community Resource Centre manager Karrina Smallman said going green for the event was just one way the centre was encouraging a low waste community.

“This year, we are going even more green,” she said. “We will have no plastic through food vendors and no bottled water, so we encourage all participants to bring their own water bottle to fill up at our free refill station.”

The portable water station was bought after the centre received a grant from Keep Australia Beautiful last year in recognition of their progressive community.

The brightly coloured powder used in the run is made from cornflour, which can be washed away at the end of the day.

Police dousing runners in colours during last years colour run.Police dousing runners in colours during last years colour run.
Camera IconPolice dousing runners in colours during last years colour run. Credit: Karrina Smallman

Last year, more than 70 people ran the rainbow race and about 400 browsed market stalls and listened to live local music.

Folk-blues artist Tanya Ransom and Esperance band Car Park Social will provide the music for this year’s sundowner.

Ms Smallman said the event continued to grow and was a reflection of the south’s supportive community.

“There are quite a few people coming up from Esperance to hold a stall, so it’s nice to have new people coming over to show off their stuff alongside what the locals offer.

“The school principal is volunteering as well as the Shire president, the police, ambulance and fireys.”

The colour run is a ticketed event, however the live music, market stalls and food vendors are free and open for everyone to enjoy.

Runners came out of Hopetoun's Colour Run a rainbow of colours. Photo: Karrina SmallmanRunners came out of Hopetoun's Colour Run a rainbow of colours. Photo: Karrina Smallman
Camera IconRunners came out of Hopetoun’s Colour Run a rainbow of colours. Photo: Karrina Smallman

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