Thousands color Downtown Huntsville for 2015 Color Run

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Thousands of runners laced up their sneakers on Saturday and headed for Downtown Huntsville all in the name of color, dancing and raising money for the Arts Council.

"You get colored, you get to have fun, it feels like you're not running," Runner Lacy Laster said.

Of course the 5K Color Run has all the components of a real competition: race numbers, shorts and even sweat bands, but this is not your typical trek.


"You see one of the tents and you get really excited because you know you're getting ready to get colored and just, that's the best part of the run," Laster said.

Regardless of what color their tutus, run leggings or high socks were everybody was wearing the same piece of the uniform: their smile.

"The Color Run is the happiest 5K on the Planet," Event Director Alan Munoz said.

Every kilometer, volunteers pelted these rambunctious runners with colored corn starch and finished it off with a coat of glitter.

"We call it the happiest 5K on the planet and we mean it," Munoz said. "We try to make everyone happy and it's a lot of fun."

The fun only started on the racing route and finished up with a huge dance party - miles of fun that keeps runners coming back for more.

"My favorite part is just this, dancing, everybody's having fun," Laster said. "This is my third time to do this, this is my favorite run."

All proceeds from Saturday's race benefits the Arts Council here in Huntsville. The Color Run is a series of 5Ks that stretch around the world. Last year, they held more than 300 races in more than 50 countries.