With challenges caused by COVID-19, the Slave Lake Child Care Society was too busy to organize the fifth annual Colour (Rush) Fun Run and BBQ, so the Rotary Club of Slave Lake stepped up to the plate. It is a very colourful event, with runners and walkers going through clouds of coloured powder at various stations along the run.
Rotary president Valerie Tradewell spearheaded the event.
“Rotary is very good at collaborating,” Tradewell says. “Our members are very excited,” as this is Rotary’s first opportunity to organize an in-person event since March.
The fifth annual Colour (Rush) Fun Run and BBQ will be Sept. 12. In the past, there was one race, but this year there will be two, to allow for physical distancing. These start at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The runs start and end at the Sinclair Sports Field ball diamonds in Slave Lake. The route runs along the southeast section of Allarie Trails beside Highway 88.
After each race is a barbecue, with a burger, chips and water, all wrapped and handed out per Alberta Health Services guidelines.
The run and barbecue costs ‘under 16’ – $5, and ‘16+’ – $15. Tickets are available at eventbrite.ca.
Tradewell encourages people to register online, as only 80 people can run/walk in each race. This is because health restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people, and each race has about 20 volunteers. If the event doesn’t sell out, there may be room for some people to register on the day of the race, but there is no guarantee.
Although tickets are online, there is follow-up registration necessary in-person before the race. This includes health measures: contact-tracing, a health questionnaire and temperature checks. The personal information will be kept for a few weeks, then destroyed to align with health requirements and privacy laws. Registration starts one hour before the race.
Participants and volunteers are asked to maintain physical distance from people who they don’t live with or their cohort families.
Participants should wear old clothes and shoes, although the colour powder usually washes out. In past years, people could buy Colour Rush T-shirts, but this year pinnies (vests with numbers on them) will be used to identify runners.
People can also buy 50/50 tickets. Slave Lake photographer Dalique van der Nest will be taking photos of every runner. People can purchase photos for a small fee.