LAURINBURG — Colors for Hope will brighten up the fight against cancer by painting participants in a 5K race.
The Scotland County area Relay for Life will be held in conjunction with the Colors For Hope 5K on Oct. 3. The color run — or walk, for those so inclined — will kick off at 9 a.m. at Scotland High School’s Pate Stadium.
Participants in Colors For Hope will be doused in harmless colored corn starch. It washes away with water leaving the skin, clothing, grass and roads as good as new after the event.
“This color-up process is a fun exchange of a rainbow of colors,” said Relay for Life co-chair Carol Thomas. “They will be throwing their powdered corn starch of various colors all over each other.”
Once the participants are “colored up” they’ll begin the walk/run on the designated 5K course, which equates to 3.1 miles. The course begins at the high school then will take loop through blocked off roads.
During their trek, more colored corn starch will be thrown at participants.
“All participants complete the 5K by proudly displaying a variety of colors from head to toe,” Thomas said.
Participants will be able to register for either a timed or non-timed course. The price varies according to age and choice of race.
“Everyone is welcome from the most avid runner to the slowest walker,” she said. “This family oriented event is a great time for participants of all ages.”
Colors For Hope began in 2014 with its first ever colorful 5K course.
“It was a very successful event with all participants having a fun-filled, colorful time,” said Thomas. “The event reminds all participants that exercise and fitness are important attributes of a healthy life.”
Similar events are very popular throughout the United States.
“Each runner usually carries a special meaning of support for admirable causes like the fight against cancer,” she said.
All participants are encouraged to register for the event early. They are also asked to check in on the day of the event between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
For registration information go to www. relayforlife.org/scotlandnc.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.