Run­ners en­joy good weather for Color Vibe 5K

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Af­ter sev­eral days of dreary weather, down­town Elk­ton was flush with color Satur­day morn­ing for the Color Vibe 5K run.

This was the third year for the race, and about 1,700 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated, ac­cord­ing to a Color Vibe of­fi­cial. Peo­ple came from all over to run, walk or cheer on fam­ily mem­bers.

Yose­lyn Valdes came from nearby New Cas­tle, Del., to par­tic­i­pate for the first time. Valdes said it was a fun and healthy ac­tiv­ity to do with friends and fam­ily.

Stephanie and So­phie Turner came decked out in col­or­ful tu­tus.

“I’m just wor­ried I’m not gonna get any color,” Turner said be­fore the race be­gan.

But she prob­a­bly didn’t need to worry. The Color Vibe hosts events na­tion­wide. Par­tic­i­pants, who can run or walk, are sprayed with non-toxic, col­ored pow­der made from corn starch and food color­ing as they run through color sta­tions along the route.

When the race be­gan, vol­un­teers used leaf blow­ers to spray the run­ners with blue and yel­low col­ored pow­der. Lind­say Struthers, event co­or­di­na­tor, said the colors turn the event into a “fun twist on a 5K.”

The race route be­gan at Main Street and went along

ELK­TON

Delaware Av­enue, through Meadow Park, and along Lo­cust Lane, High, Bow and Howard streets. Along the way, run­ners ran through color sta­tions, where vol­un­teers threw col­ored pink, blue, green and pur­ple pow­der. A dance party be­gan in the Howard Street park­ing lot af­ter the race.

Struthers said the event was a good way to bring to­gether the com­mu­nity and help a lo­cal char­ity at the same time. An undis­closed amount of money from the event ben­e­fits Re­lay For Life’s We Are Elk­ton team, said Struthers. In the past, pro­ceeds from the event have gone to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ce­cil County.

Ne­wark, Del. res­i­dent Vicki Clark said she ran the route in 25 min­utes.

She said she joined the event not only be­cause she en­joys run­ning, but also be­cause it ben­e­fits Re­lay For Life. Clark said this was her first time and plans to re­turn next year.

Elk­ton res­i­dent Pam Wag­ner she said she at­tended to sup­port her hus­band, Bob, and grand­daugh­ter, Madi­son Ash­fort, 9, a mem­ber of her school’s run­ning team. Wag­ner said it was the first time they have come and it was a way to get Ash­fort more in­volved with the com­mu­nity.

“And now we’ll be here for­ever be­cause it’s a blast,” Wag­ner said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Par­tic­i­pants, who could walk or run the course, are doused with blue and yel­low col­ored pow­der at the be­gin­ning of the race.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Vol­un­teers use leaf blow­ers to throw blue and yel­low colors at run­ners as they be­gin the 5K.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

The Shady Ladies, a group from Smyrna, Del., pose be­fore they be­gin the race.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Be­fore the Color Vibe started, par­tic­i­pants had a “prac­tice throw” of color.

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