Friendly guide to get ready for fun, fitness with Saudi Arabia's Color Run

The largest running series in the world, the Color Run has been experienced by over 7 million runners worldwide in more than 40 countries. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 24 October 2019

Friendly guide to get ready for fun, fitness with Saudi Arabia's Color Run

JEDDAH: The countdown to the Color Run has begun and the most colorful race on the planet returning to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 26, as part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to the Kingdom. There will be a 5-kilometer run in Riyadh this Saturday and one in Jeddah on Nov. 2, with thousands expected to take part at each location.

People who want to take part can visit www.ksa.thecolorrun.com, collect the limited-edition participant packs, and follow this friendly guide to make sure they have an unforgettable experience.

Make exercise — in any form — a weekly family activity

Walking or jogging is easy, common and free. But doing it as a family is a fun way to spend time together and improve family life overall. Over the next few days plan a “test run” with the family to see how they fare. It will help them prepare for what is coming and create a special bonding opportunity with children, improve the family’s health, and teach the little ones a valuable lesson about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to develop into happy, active adults.

Fuel up for your first 5k

The family’s diet leading up to the race will help them stay energized and enjoy their first 5k run, walk or sprint. On the day of the event, offer the family a tasty breakfast that is packed with unprocessed carbs, for example a muffin and an apple, toast with jam and a piece of fruit, or a bowl of cereal topped with raisins or other dried fruit. Don’t forget to hydrate before, during and especially after finishing the run. Plan to arrive at the start line with enough time to use the washroom before the 5k begins without feeling rushed.

Show off your colors

It goes without saying that one of the things that makes this run different is the color. That means the best way to get those Instagram-worthy photos is to make sure participants are wearing clothes that help those beautiful colors shine through. While the limited-edition participation packs have everyone covered with the Hero Tour Color Run T-Shirt and other cool gear, it would work in a runner’s favor to sport the white or pastel clothes.

Take the essentials

As participants jog, skip or walk through the event, they will want to keep things as light as possible. This is why the event’s organizers recommend bringing only things people really need, preferably things that fit into a light carry-on zip lock baggie. This way they are free to go all out with their dance moves at the post-run finish carnival as well.

Make the memories last

Participants are encouraged to make sure to take a before and after photo as a family. One snap in the limited edition Hero Tour Color Run T-Shirt at the starting line, then another after the 5k once the participants are covered in color. Frame it or post it on Instagram to remind family members of their happiest 5k run together.


Saudi Space Authority blasts off as Prince Sultan chairs first meeting

Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi Space Authority blasts off as Prince Sultan chairs first meeting

  • Prince Sultan said that the authority will serve as a vital platform to enable the Kingdom to take its rightful place in the global space community.
  • The prince said that there is an awareness of the importance of the space sector at an international level

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday chaired the first meeting of the Saudi Space Authority ’s board of directors.

“The Kingdom today, under the leadership of King Salman, is taking a steady step towards building a promising future for its people based on science, employing technology, stimulating creativity, and integration between state institutions and the participation of the private sector and citizens,” he said.

The prince added that there is an awareness of the importance of the space sector at an international level in the economic, scientific and strategic fields, and that there is a need for a strong national entity to regulate the sector in the Kingdom and enhance opportunities for growth.

“That is why the Saudi Space Authority will be the main organizing umbrella for everything related to the space sector,” he said.

“The Saudi Space Authority will apply the principle of partnerships with all state institutions, the private sector, research and academic centers in the Kingdom and related entities externally, and will not operate on its own. Moreover, the field of investment in the space industry is an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises just as it is appropriate for large enterprises.”

Prince Sultan pointed out that the authority is building on more than three decades of major accomplishments by citizens in the space sector. It will work with international space institutions and agencies to train astronauts and specialist workers, expand in the fields of satellite manufacturing and operation, and provide the scientific, legislative and technical environment needed to ensure the maximum benefits are derived from the opportunities offered by space.

The board of directors approved the national space strategy, which was developed by board members, along with representatives of the Ministry of Defense, other government agencies and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The aim was to create an ambitious but realistic national strategy to benefit the Kingdom and its citizens and the good of humanity. It was reviewed by international experts and will be submitted to the Saudi cabinet.

Prince Sultan said that the authority will serve as a vital platform to enable the Kingdom to take its rightful place in the global space community.