Colour Rush 5km Powder Run happening this weekend

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

The Colour Rush 5km Power Run is happening at the Sinclair Ball Diamonds in Slave Lake on Aug. 19th with proceeds going to the Slave Lake Childcare Society. Here’s everything you need to know, according to the official webpage:
What exactly is a colour rush run?
“You begin at the starting line clean as the blue waters of the Caribbean, and 5 km later, you’ll be so coated with a kaleidoscope of colour that your own pet may not recognize you. Along your colour journey the colour crew will ensure they do not miss a spot on you. You’ll cross the finish line and into a final spectral of colour.”
What age do runners have to be?
“Would you put an age limit on bliss? We welcome all ages! All minor participants must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian.”
What if I’m not a runner?
“You’re not Usain Bolt? Not even sure what a 5 km means? No problem. There are hundreds of competitive runs, but our main goal is showering you in colour. The upward step counter is just an added bonus. Get through our fun run by sprinting, walking, skipping, or hitching a piggy back ride. It is all good!”
What charity is the money raised going to?
“The Colour Rush – 5km Powder Run proceeds go towards the Slave Lake Child Care Society, which has just moved into their new home at the Legacy Centre. The daycare has a new name as well – Legacy Childcare. The Slave Lake Child Care Society is a non-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors.”
How safe is it?
“The safety of our runners and volunteers is our top priority. Our colour is certified non-toxic and is corn starch-based with food-grade dyes. As with any substance, you won’t want it in your eyes. All volunteers receive strict instructions to throw powder below the head, but as an extra precaution, many runners opt to wear sunglasses or goggles, and sometimes a bandana over the mouth and nose while passing colour crew members.”
What if I’m pregnant or have medical issues?
“Our colour is non-toxic and corn starch-based. We want everyone to be as safe as possible, so if you are allergic to corn or food dye, participation in Colour Rush – 5km Powder Run is strictly off limits. If you are pregnant or have other health concerns, consult with your doctor.”
What else should I know?
“This run isn’t timed and there are no judgments for how long it takes you to finish the course. We’re a fun run, so if you can walk 5 kilometers, you can do this amazing event.
“Our recommendations: arrive 30- 45 minutes early, lace up some comfortable shoes, and most importantly, wear whatever you’d like to see splattered in colour. (White looks best, just keep in mind that whatever you’re wearing will likely remain dyed even after a wash.”
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Participants in the 2016 Colour Rush run getting powdered. Last year the run raised more than $4,000 for the Slave Lake Childcare Society.

More runners experiencing what the Colour Rush run is all about.


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