If you’re looking to add a splash of color to your wardrobe, head over to Stephenville City Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, for the Education Foundation’s 4th annual Color Chaos 5K/Fun Run event.
Registration is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the one-mile fun run with all proceeds benefiting Stephenville ISD classroom grants.
The inspiration behind this event came from Mindy Wooley, the executive director of the foundation, who attended a color run in Dallas.
“Back when we first started the foundation we had tossed around some ideas for fundraisers and this was the very first thing we started with,” Wooley said. “I just thought it might be something that our kids could get involved in and it would be fun for them. We really wanted to do the color because people were holding runs in the area, but there wasn’t really anything like this.”
The first year the color run raised $3,500 and since has grown in numbers and in funds.
“I think we raised about $7,000 last year and we would like to get up to $10,000,” Wooley said.
Stations will be lined up along the 5K trail manned by volunteers who spray the powdered color out of bottles and onto runners.
“And if you don’t want the color, we put a big red ‘X’ on you,” Wooley said. “Some people want to do the run, but they don’t want to get the color on them.”
Race participants will receive a bag containing a T-shirt and bag of color (while supplies last), and goodies donated by area businesses.
“Everybody gets a bag of color so at the end of the race we have a color party where they can all throw color on each other,” Wooley said. “Some people don’t make it to the end with their bag of color though and end up throwing it back on the people at the stations.”
This year the Education Foundation is doubling the amount they give out for grants to $40,000.
“We’re extremely excited about that because the first year we gave around $10,000, so we just want it to keep growing,” Wooley said. “I feel like people are seeing what we do in the classrooms now.”
For questions about the Color Chaos event, email Wooley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Every year it seems like there are more kids and their parents coming out and that’s what I like because they make it a family event,” Wooley said.