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Color Run provides fundraising fun

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Callie Wilson, 14, reacts as she throws color as runners pass by during the 1 Mile Fun Run Saturday at the 2nd Annual Color Run 2018 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The 2018 “A Chance for All” Color Run held Saturday on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College brought out families, students and other local residents for a fun run on a fall day.

This is the second time the event was held on the Wesleyan campus, said Alyssa Matthews, marketing and development director for the Harrison Family YMCA.

“We began by holding glow runs at the airport for a couple of years, but we decided to move the event to the Wesleyan campus last year and do a color run instead,” Matthews said. “We have a strong partnership with Wesleyan College and holding the event here allows more students to participate.”

The Color Run featured a one-mile fun run and a 5-K event. Color kits added an extra element to the exercise.

The Outland family was covered in color by the time they finished their 5K run.

“We started throwing the color on one another before the race even began,” Charlene Outland said with a grin. 

The Outlands are members of the YMCA. Tommy Outland, Charlene’s husband, said the family decided a couple of years ago that they wanted to get in better shape.

“This plan eventually evolved into mainly running and we try to get involved in several 5K events a year,” Outland said.

Their son, Jackson, 10, said this event was especially enjoyable.

“It was fun and good way to spend time as a family,” he said.

Matthews said the Color Run event was designed to inspire people to become fitter. 

“Anyone can participate in the event, no matter what fitness level they are at. This is just a fun way to encourage health and fitness,” Matthews said.

The event also featured the awarding of a number of raffled items ranging from restaurant gift cards to a one-year subscription to the Rocky Mount Telegram. The YMCA also awarded a couple of gym bags filled with items including a one-mother subscription to the Harrison Family YMCA.

Melinda Killibrew, who works with CORA Physical Therapy at the Boice-Willis Clinic, won one of the YMCA packages. 

“It was fun,” Killibrew said. “I just spun the wheel at the YMCA table and won a day pass and now I have won this.”

However, the “A Chance for All Color Run” had a bigger purpose than just fitness, fun and prizes. Matthew said the event is the biggest fundraising event each year for the Harrison Family YMCA. Proceeds from the event go to providing scholarships for memberships, after-school care and summer camp programs at the YMCA.

“We want to be able to open our doors to more people through this event. And wilt the help of our volunteers, our vendors and our runners, we can,” Matthews said. “That is why we call it “A Chance for All.”

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