Color 5K raises funds to com­bat drug cri­sis

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

The Ch­ester County Com­mis­sion­ers, Dis­trict At­tor­ney, the Department of Health and Department of Drug & Al­co­hol Ser­vices hosted its first Color 5K in West Ch­ester Satur­day morn­ing,.

More than 600 Ch­ester County res­i­dents from ages 1 to 81 par­tic­i­pated in the fam­i­lyfriendly run/walk, all to ben­e­fit the opi­oid and heroin epi­demic in Ch­ester County.

Funds raised by the event will be ded­i­cated to fund­ing hos­pi­tals through­out Ch­ester County to study and co­or­di­nate a new “warm hand-off pro­gram.” The “warm hand-off pro­gram” tran­si­tions those who have been saved from an over­dose into long-term treat­ment and coun­sel­ing.

Be­fore and after the race, a spe­cial ban­ner was avail­able for all par­tic­i­pants and guests to sign, not­ing that Ch­ester County re­mem­bers those who have lost, or are still bat­tling the dis­ease of ad­dic­tion.

Color blasters marked the start of the race, and color sta­tions along the route doused par­tic­i­pants with brightly col­ored corn starch.

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Ch­ester County Com­mis­sioner Michelle Kich­line, cen­ter left, takes to the course for the Ch­ester County Color 5K.

Al­li­son Cas­ner, left, and Emily Howard, right, head­ing to­wards the fin­ish line with Emily’s dad and mom, CJ and Cor­rin close be­hind.

The Ch­ester County Color 5K be­gins in a blast of color.

More than 600 Ch­ester County res­i­dents from ages 1 to 81 par­tic­i­pated in the Ch­ester County Color 5K on Satur­day to raise funds to com­bat the opi­oid and heroin cri­sis.

Down­ing­town STEM Academy stu­dents Matt Bo­raske and Jessie Brain take time to sign the ban­ner cre­ated to re­mem­ber all those who have lost their lives or are still bat­tling ad­dic­tion.

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