Hun­dreds Lace ‘Em Up For Fundrais­ing Color Run

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Hop­ing for be­tween 150 and 200 par­tic­i­pants for their in­au­gu­ral Color Run, or­ga­niz­ers in­stead saw nearly 400 peo­ple – of all ages, sizes and abil­i­ties – take off from the park­ing lot at El Por­tal Mid­dle School on Satur­day morn­ing, Feb. 11.

There was both a one mile fun run and a longer 5k, but run­ners in each had to brave a cou­ple of color sta­tions, where a va­ri­ety of col­ored pow­der was thrown on them as they ran by.

For many, it was the color that made it fun; for oth­ers, it was know­ing that their en­try fees will help pro­vide pro­grams and ser­vices for students through­out the Escalon Uni­fied School Dis­trict.

“It was the first year for the event and quite suc­cess­ful,” said Chas­sie Shafter of the Escalon Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion, which put on the Color Run. “The event brought in about $8200.”

Funds will be used through­out

the dis­trict, not at one spe­cific site or for one spe­cific pur­pose.

“To see this many peo­ple out here, give your­selves a hand,” El Por­tal Mid­dle School Prin­ci­pal Mark Vos told the crowd, not­ing the win­ter chill in the air.

A brief warm up pro­vided by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Escalon Fit got the run­ners ready to go and Red Cap Tim­ing pro­vided the tim­ing ser­vices and re­sults. Long­time track and field coach Rick He­flin fired off the starter’s pis­tol and the run­ners and walk­ers were off, hit­ting the streets at 8 a.m.

“This is very en­cour­ag­ing,” Vos said af­ter the run­ners were on the course. “The com­mu­nity re­ally came through for our students. There are things we want our students to have that the dis­trict can’t al­ways pro­vide, the com­mu­nity came out to sup­port us.”

Many fam­i­lies opted to take part in the run to­gether and there was plenty of pic­ture tak­ing in the El Por­tal park­ing lot af­ter­ward, fam­i­lies sport­ing the col­ors of the rain­bow on their shirts, faces and in their hair.

Lisa White and her daugh­ter Alexis, 13, ran the 5k, Lisa not­ing that she is a mem­ber at Escalon Fit and tak­ing part in the 5k is part of her over­all fit­ness plan. Daugh­ter Alexis added that the pow­der flung at her was a bit “gross” but said the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence was fun.

Win­ners of the over­all events were: Alex Gue­vara, male, one mile and Rylie Lat­tig, fe­male, one mile; Ben­jamin Costa, male, 5k; Kylee Ir­win-Paz, fe­male, 5k.

There were 205 par­tic­i­pants in the one mile, ac­cord­ing to Red Cap Tim­ing re­sults, and more than 160 peo­ple in the 5k.

Spon­sors for this in­au­gu­ral Color Run in­cluded Escalon Sports­man’s Club, Re­alty De­sign As­so­ciates, Qual­ity Ser­vice, Inc., Thomp­son Ranch, Escalon Fit, Pa­cific South­west Ir­ri­ga­tion, Noahs Wa­ter, OPTI phys­i­cal ther­apy, Bronco Wine Com­pany, 1st Class Blinds and Shut­ters, Mid Val­ley Agri­cul­ture, John and Mary Lynne Franzia, Gold River Or­chards, Nick Ca­ton, PMZ Real Es­tate, Op­ti­mal Hos­pice, Inc. and Eck­ert Frozen Foods.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Plenty of color and fun was in the air at the Satur­day morn­ing Escalon Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion Color Run, with nearly 400 peo­ple tak­ing part in ei­ther a one-mile or 5k run. See ad­di­tional pho­tos, Page A2.

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