By Tia Lynn Ivey
Bill Wood Park was filled with all the colors of rainbow last Saturday as 75 runners sprinted in the First Annual Kiwanis Color Run.
About 75 runners participated in Saturday’s event as bystanders tossed colored chalk on them as they raced to the finish line. The Color Run was held to raise money to invest into the local community.
About 75 runners participated in the First Annual Kiwanis Color Run last weekend in Bill Wood Park.
“We really want the community to associate the Color Run with Kiwanis,” said Jennifer Sides, co-chair of the event. “This has proven to be a huge fundraiser for us and we hope that next year we can make it even bigger and better. The more support from the community we have, the more money we can raise and give back to the children in our community.”
Forty members from the Madison Kiwanis Club volunteered to help with the event, as well as members from local Boys & Girls Club, Morgan County High School Robotics Team, and the local chapter of Boy Scouts.
“It took a lot of planning and coordination, but with the help of so many wonderful volunteer groups, the event was a huge success and we look forward to building on the momentum with the 2nd Annual Color Run 5K in the Spring of ’18!” said Tom Greenfield, co-chair of the Color Run event.
Members of the Madison Kiwanis Club are hopeful that the Color Run will become an annual event, growing bigger each year.
“We have been trying to come up with a Spring fundraiser and thought that a 5k was a good idea ,but there are already several annual 5ks in Morgan County, so we knew that we had to do something ‘different,’” explained Sides. “We decided to try a Color Run and thought it would be a fun family event to do at Bill Wood Park on the high school cross country course. All the other 5ks in Morgan County are road races, so a ‘trail run’ is definitely unique… and having colored chalk thrown at the participants definitely made for a special and fun event!”
“We really want the community to associate the Color Run with Kiwanis. This has proven to be a huge fund raiser for us and we hope that next year we can make it even bigger and better. The more support from the community we have, the more money we can raise and give back to the children in our community,” added Greenfield.
Some of the organizations that the Madison Kiwanis Club makes annual donations to include the Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Ferst Foundation, Panda Packs, Fostering Agencies, Morgan County Recreation Department and annual the Kiwanis Scholarship given each year to two deserving Morgan County High School seniors.