COLOR FUN RUN

The Oakdale Leader - - FRONT PAGE - TERESA HAM­MOND/THE LEADER

Stu­dents at Oak­dale Ju­nior High School suited up for the sec­ond an­nual Color Run on Fri­day, rais­ing money for the school and get­ting doused with a rain­bow of col­ors as they made their way through the course. Here, OA­SIS Af­ter School Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor, Matt Dil­lon, far left, gives a good dose of pink color to the head of a Color Run par­tic­i­pant.

The sky was col­ored blue, yel­low, red and pur­ple as over 700 Oak­dale Ju­nior High School stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Sec­ond An­nual Color Run on Fri­day, Oct. 6. Ac­cord­ing to event co­or­di­na­tor Sarah Nel­son, pre­lim­i­nary num­bers for the event show over $20,000 col­lected by the stu­dents through spon­sor­ships.

“We wanted to make the course a lit­tle larger,” Nel­son said of changes made for the sec­ond year of the event.

Stu­dents cir­cled the cam­pus, the ad­ja­cent Cot­tles Woods Park and then re­turned to cam­pus, clock­ing a one mile course. Stu­dents pac­ing a bit on the faster side were en­cour­aged to run two laps around the course and ex­pe­ri­ence more color.

A to­tal of 800 pounds of color was used to throw, shoot and leaf blow at the run­ning stu­dents. Pro­ceeds from the event go to­ward vary­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing: teacher ex­penses, eighth grade field trip, pen­tathlon and the school tal­ent show.

“It’s just so fun,” Nel­son said. “The happy kids at the end make it well worth it.”

LEFT PHOTO: The Color Run course was mod­i­fied to a one mile dis­tance this year, which in­cluded a jog through Cot­tles Woods Park. Based on stu­dent pace, they were of­fered the choice of one or two laps around the course and through the color sta­tions. RIGHT PHOTO: Smiles were big and eyes were hid­den as stu­dents cir­cled the one mile course for the Sec­ond An­nual Color Run and Oak­dale Ju­nior High School last Fri­day.

The fi­nal color sta­tion of the one mile Color Run uti­lized a leaf blower to color the stu­dents from head to toe in Red pow­der.

Stu­dents trav­eled through vary­ing color sta­tions dur­ing the Sec­ond An­nual Color Run hosted at Oak­dale Ju­nior High School. Each par­tic­i­pant col­lect­ing $10 or more in spon­sors was given an event T-shirt.

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