Jeddah Color Run ends in a sea of smiles

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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 03 November 2019

Jeddah Color Run ends in a sea of smiles

  • More than 10,000 take part in the event on the shores of Jeddah

JEDDAH: The renowned Color Run, described as “the happiest race on the planet,” lived up to its name as it completed its last stop in Saudi Arabia on the shores of Jeddah on Saturday.

More than 10,000 smiling runners finished the event with each wearing a white T-shirt covered in green, yellow, orange and pink colors to mark each kilometer of the run. 

Entrants’ white shirts acted as a blank canvas to be filled with colors as participants ran toward a fitter and healthier life.

The colors brought back memories of home for Filipino expats living in the Kingdom.

“Every year this event is held in the Philippines,” said Roy Bucad, a 31-year-old Filipino expat. “It is a fun event we go to as friends. The fact that it was held in Jeddah is amazing. It looks very much like the one back home.” 

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  • The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia.
  • The largest running series in the world, the Color Run has been experienced by over 7 million runners worldwide in more than 40 countries.

Another runner said: “The run was so happy and free. My favorite part was when they would splash you with color at the end of each stop.”

Arnel Garrido told Arab News: “I have been living in Saudi Arabia for six years which means I have been missing out on a lot. This event allowed me to be part of something everyone talked about.”

Almost 40,000 color runners took part in two events in the Kingdom with entrants running, jogging or strolling to the finish line.

Fitness coach Reham Kamal said she was delighted by the enjoyment on display at the event.

“These types of activities help families be more active and grow together because they are enjoyed by both children and adults,” she said. After the run a DJ had people dancing and jumping to music, throwing their colors in the air in unison. Even after covering 5km people were high on energy.

The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s (GEA) efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents.

The run first took place in Alkhobar in March, which attracted more than 10,000 people. 

The largest running series in the world, the Color Run has been experienced by over 7 million runners worldwide in more than 40 countries.

Saudi Arabia is making efforts to stimulate investment in the entertainment sector and enhance economic activity to help achieve the strategic objectives of Vision 2030.

The GEA this year introduced entertainment seasons in each city and region and is encouraging local investors and small- and medium-sized businesses to participate.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 59 min 53 sec ago

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.