Thousands of runners got colorful Sunday, Aug. 21, at The Color Run 5k race in downtown Bellingham.
Starting from the lawn behind the Bellingham Public Library, runners ran past Bellingham High School, around Broadway Park, through neighborhoods and past Whatcom Middle School to the finish at the civic center. Along the way and at the finish they were doused with color – a non-toxic combination of cornstarch, baking soda and dyes.
Runners paid $40 to $60 to The Color Run, an event company that organizes events all over the country.
About 150 volunteers with the Whatcom Family YMCA helped with the run, which made a donation to the YMCA for program and membership scholarships.
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“In addition to receiving a donation, we feel that The Color Run helps support one of the Y’s areas of focus – healthy living. Sometimes it takes a flashy, fun event like The Color Run to get people out of their routine and run/walk a 5k,” said Bill Ziels, YMCA chief executive officer.
“Community members of all fitness levels can not only participate in a 5k, but have fun doing it without worrying about it being too competitive. The Y is happy to help get people moving and take a step toward healthy living.”