GREENFIELD — Organizers of Greenfield-Central High School’s inaugural Color Run promise a good time and dirty clothes for attendees at the weekend charity event.
The color run, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County, gets its name from the many pounds of colored corn starch that are just waiting to be tossed into the air (and onto the runners) throughout the 3.1-mile course Saturday morning.
The event is the brainchild of students in the high school Student Leadership Academy, whose teams plan events throughout the year aimed at tackling community problems.
For the students tasked with creating the most colorful 5K in their power, the issue is family fitness.
The color run is being touted as a family-friendly event in which everyone can have fun while being active.
“It’ll be a fun way to spend your time instead of sitting at home, eating potato chips,” said Emmi McKeeman, one of the Leadership Academy members playing host to the event.
The course begins on the Greenfield Youth Football League Fields north of the high school and winds through Mary Moore Park.
Corn starch-tossers will be stationed along the route, ready to coat runners from head to toe.
“You’re going be helping the Boys & Girls Club … as well as you’re gonna be getting messy and having a good time,” said Emma Meier, a sophomore helping organize the event.
White T-shirts are recommended for the maximum rainbow effect, and those who pre-register can reserve one in their size.
Plastic trash bags that double as car seat covers are also recommended for getting home.
“They should be ready to get really messy and colorful, because we are going to get them,” said Katie Keller, a sophomore. “We are planning to drown them in colors.”
Teacher Julie Stoeffler, who serves as the Leadership Academy team’s mentor, said she looks forward to giving back to the community during an event everyone should enjoy.
Stoeffler is especially excited about supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs, where she played sports as a child and later spent time coaching.
“I have a lot of connection,” she said.
The event costs $20, which includes a T-shirt, for those who pre-register. Those who arrive on the day of the event will pay $15 and have the option of buying a T-shirt for $5. An extra $10 covers day-care services available for parents whose little ones are too young to participate.
Darren Turner, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs, was excited to learn the organization would benefit from the event proceeds.
“It’s always nice for people to think about us when they look at doing events,” he said. “There are so many causes that could definitely use the funding.”
IF YOU GO
The inaugural Greenfield-Central High School Color Run, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday on the Greenfield Youth Football League Fields north of the high school.
For $20, those who pre-register receive a white T-shirt. Walk-ups will also be accepted. For more information or to register, visit http://gchs.gcsc.k12.in.us.