Runners enjoy good weather for Color Vibe 5K
— 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
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.
Participants, who could walk or run the course, are doused with blue and yellow colored powder at the beginning of the race.
Volunteers use leaf blowers to throw blue and yellow colors at runners as they begin the 5K.
The Shady Ladies, a group from Smyrna, Del., pose before they begin the race.
Before the Color Vibe started, participants had a “practice throw” of color.