Hopetoun hosts colourful celebration

Explosion of fun: More than 100 runners from across the region traveled to Hopetoun to take part in the annual Colour Run. Photo: Hopetoun CRC.

Explosion of fun: More than 100 runners from across the region traveled to Hopetoun to take part in the annual Colour Run. Photo: Hopetoun CRC.

Hopetoun was awash with colour for its annual Colour Run celebration on February 22.

The Hopetoun Community Resource Centre event saw more than 100 people from across the region set off on a 5km course stretching from McCulloch park and covered in coloured dust by local emergency services crews.

The event provided a boost for local business with food and market stalls across the day and featured musical performances from Carpark Social, Tanya Harper and Kyza.

Hopetoun Community Resource Centre finance officer Donna Higgins said for the first time all tickets were sold out before the event and food stalls were emptied.

"We had a huge number of participants in the fun run attend from out of town which was great for the town and our small businesses," she said.

"We had fantastic live music and market stalls. Unfortunately the weather wasn't very kind to us but a lot of us were happy to see some rain."

"We had huge help from our volunteer base including our own committee, members of the public, Hopetoun Progress Association, emergency services and it was all hands on deck."

This year organisers embraced a plastic free event with no single use plastic packaging used, instead providing free filtered water refills at stations across the event.

The first run was hatched in 2018 in a bid to save the community resource centre from statewide funding cuts and today serves as a reminder of its invaluable role in the community.

"It's a reminder that our funding is always under threat and to keep our profile out there and keep providing events and services to our community so we are valued and our funding is valued," Ms Higgins said.

"Our centre is very important for the community, we offer a lot of services that just wouldn't be on hand in such a rural town."