Color run brings something new to fundraising and parish

Team’s goal is $10K for Relay for Life

Michelle Dyess said she and her Relay for Life team were hoping to bring something new and different to the table as they began brainstorming fundraiser ideas. The result?

A “color run” fundraiser believed to be the first held in St. Charles Parish. The two-mile family color run/walk is set to be held at the West Bank Bridge Park 8 a.m. Aug. 20 will benefit St. Charles Parish Relay for Life.

Pre-registration for the event ends Sunday (July 31). In a color run, participants will follow the designated route and pass through four color stations.

The stations will have volunteers throwing a powder to color each runner/walker.  Anyone who does not wish to have the powder will have a non-color route option.

“I think anyone who hasn’t experienced a color run is really in for a treat and a great time,” Dyess said. “We wanted to do something different … there are runs every weekend, so we wanted to add a twist. We’ve asked around and nobody can recall another color run in St. Charles Parish, so we felt like it would be a nice thing to bring one here.”

Dyess said the idea for she and her teammates to participate in Relay for Life came about when the group, comprised of members of Hope Church of St. Charles, set out to make an impact helping the community.

“We want to give back and we feel like anything that benefits the American Cancer Society is worthwhile and a great starting point,” she said. “Cancer affects everybody in some way. Everyone has a friend, a family member, someone in their life who has had to deal with it.”

Her team’s fundraising goal is $10,000 for Relay for Life. That goal, she said, necessitates holding events that grab the public’s interest.

“We wanted to make events that we ourselves would want to participate in,” she said.

The distance of the run-walk was also carefully selected. Dyess said a goal was to make this a very family-themed event. Making the run too long would hinder younger children and older adults from taking part.

“A 5K is a little harder for smaller kids,” she said, adding that because Relay for Life concludes in September, the event was scheduled in August by necessity.

“We know it’s a little warm, so two miles seemed like our best bet,” Dyess said.

The cost to participate is $20 for ages 14 and up and $15 for ages 5-13. Those who pre-register will receive a T-shirt, Relay for Life medal and a race packet.

For registration on the day of the race, it will be $25 for ages 14 and up and $20 for ages 5 to 13.


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