The Color Run comes to Columbia
COLUMBIA — Columbia residents had a colorful start to their Saturday. The Color Run Tropicolor was held in Cosmo Park at 8 a.m.
Participants made their way around the park for a 5k run or walk. The white t-shirts they wore were soon covered in colored powder as volunteers threw it on runners at several points throughout the race.
Race Director Lance Duncan said there were 1,300 runners and about 1,500 people in attendance with spectators and volunteers.
"It's just a great event for family and friends to come out to on a Saturday morning," Duncan said.
Aside from providing participants with a fun start to their day, the race is making sure to also give back to local charities.
The Color Run will donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri as well as several University of Missouri organizations and philanthropies. The event will donate $40 towards each charity for every volunteer they had help out at the race.
Zachary Ehrhard is one race volunteer who works with Camp Kesem through MU. The organization aims to provide recreational activities for children who have parents diagnosed with cancer.
"The Color Run has been so gracious to us that they're going to donate to our cause," Ehrhard said. "We're so grateful that they're having us out here to volunteer. It's a great time, it's a colorful, exciting morning."
The event also included food and clothes from sponsors, as well as a DJ for a post-race party. Participants were able to throw a color packet in the air all at once as a final celebration.