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France holds a colour-bombing marathon

Participants in the five-kilometre Paris race wore white and were doused with multi-coloured dye for every kilometre completed.

Relaxed race is non-competitive

Runners are pelted with multi-coloured powder in the first Color Run in France; event inspired by India's Holi festival 2:52

France's first Color Run saw thousands race through the streets of Paris on Sunday in a puff of brightly-coloured smoke.

Participants in the five-kilometre race were encouraged to start the event wearing white and then become steadily dirtier as they were doused with multi-coloured dye for every kilometre completed.

The atmosphere was relaxed rather than competitive.

The first Color Run took place in the United States in 2012 and more than 30 countries since then have held similar races.