Blue + Yellow = Green

February 11, 2013

Sydney, Australia

By Daniel Munoz

I knew before it started, that trying to avoid the colorful powder would only make it worse. So, I decided to go all the way and get in close – deep and merciless.

As the clock struck 9 last Sunday morning, the official start of this fun run, I grabbed my two camera bodies and stepped into what was known as the ‘blue zone’. The first runners came towards me, and the fun began.

People from all ages ran around Sydney’s Olympic Park, with only one intention: get as much color powder thrown at them as they could, and of course, being a professional photographer, my mission was to be as close to the action as possible.

After just a very short time, I was covered in so much blue powder, that someone commented that I looked like one of the cartoon characters known as a Smurf. I decided to move on and try the next area known as the yellow zone. This turned out to be a big mistake, as I had forgotten my Kindergarten color lessons, and now I ended up looking like the Incredible Hulk.

After taking a lot of pictures there, I moved on to the finish line of this 5 kilometers (3 miles) run. Here, the first revelers were beginning to cross the finish line, and awaiting them was a mass synchronized color throwing frenzy. It provided the best pictures and, of course, I got covered in even more colored powder.

Despite having to blow on my lenses hundreds of times to remove the colored dust, it was an extremely fun event to cover.

Sydney people are known as being very fit and healthy, and this colorful spectacle proved this once again. It made me think though that I myself need to work on being healthier, but when it comes to sharing with these Sydneysiders a sense of fun, I am definitely right there with them.

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