SUNDERLAND’S streets were given more than a lick of paint as the city hosted its first ever Color Run.
The Color Run, presented by Dulux, saw more than 6,000 runners bombarded with paint powder as they covered the 5km course around the Stadium of Light.
The run was followed by a mass party outside the stadium, with music, dancing – and even more paint.
Event organiser Joe Rafferty said: “We had great success on our return to London and Manchester but this was the first time for The Color Run in Sunderland and the crowds here certainly didn’t disappoint.
“We’d like to thank everyone who took part, they’ve really captured the spirit of the city here today and we look forward to seeing them again at The Color Run next time we’re here!”
Events firm Sunderland Live helped stage the event and boss Chris Alexander was over the moon with the result.
“I am absolutely delighted,” he said.
“We wanted to bring an exciting new event to the city and working with the Color Run and the football club has brought that to fruition,” he said.
“I have seen people smiling from the moment they got here, all the way around the course.”
Runners crossing the finish line outside the stadium were already talking about signing up for any repeat performance.
Twenty-nine-year-old Dawn Morren, pictured left, had travelled from Middlesbrough to take part in her first ever Color Run.
“It was absolutely brilliant,” she said.
“It was so much fun, at one point I even rolled on the floor to make sure I got properly covered in paint.”
And the run was a real family event, with mum Gemma Gair, from Newbottle, completing the course with five-year-old daughter Cleo Oldsworth.
“It was really good,” said Gemma.
“Cleo loved it when they were throwing all the colours over us.”