Colour Fun Run draws a crowd

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Tim Kali­nowski LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD

Clouds of colourful chalk filled the air, good vi­bra­tions ran through the crowd, and even the weather co-op­er­ated per­fectly as the an­nual 5K Colour Fun Run got un­der­way at the Univer­sity of Lethbridge Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Ac­cord­ing to Vol­un­teer Lethbridge event and re­source de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Chelsea East­man, the Colour Fun Run was orig­i­nally or­ga­nized for three pur­poses: to fundraise for Vol­un­teer Lethbridge, to mark the be­gin­ning of Na­tional Vol­un­teers Week in the city, and to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing and pos­i­tive at­mos­phere for all who came out to take part.

“The best thing about the race is see­ing all the kids and fam­i­lies come out and en­gag­ing to­gether,” East­man con­firmed, “and just get­ting all colourful and ex­cited. There is a fabulous en­ergy here to­day.”

The event got a big thumbs up from par­tic­i­pants as well. Lind­say Ni­col came out with her chil­dren, and was en­joy­ing a “colour fight” with the kids be­fore the start of the race in the univer­sity’s Grove.

“It’s just so much fun to be able to do some­thing like this with the kids,” she said with a big smile, her face and clothes cov­ered in bright chalks of dif­fer­ent hues.

“It is great to see how many kids are here. It’s a won­der­ful family thing to do.”

Race vol­un­teer Ethan Se­aborn of the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge said the event was all about build­ing com­mu­nity, and that was why he was more than happy to do his part on race day.

“It is great to bring the

com­mu­nity to­gether and to give back to other peo­ple, and have a great time,” he stated en­thu­si­as­ti­cally as he con­grat­u­lated run­ners at the fin­ish line. “We want to help cre­ate a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, and spirit, any­body can par­tic­i­pate in.”

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Her­ald photo Tim Kali­nowski

Vol­un­teer Lethbridge’s an­nual Colour Fun Run was a big suc­cess again this year with about 300 run­ners tak­ing part. The Colour Fun Run also served as the un­of­fi­cial kick­off to Na­tional Vol­un­teers Week in the city.

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