Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Adirondack Family Activities: Running Colors Race

The VIEW in Old Forge is set to celebrate it’s own Festival of Colors on Saturday, October 27 with its first annual 5K Fun Running Colors race. According to Jody Pritchard, VIEW Media Manager, Running Colors is based on other charity running races that use an eco-friendly, fine-colored cornstarch to color bomb participants during the 5K run.

VIEW receives the food-grade safe colors from a church in Utah that also supplies colors for Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi, the Festival of Colors is a Hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil and a welcoming of spring.

Color races are popular  nation-wide as a celebration of color with such foot races as Rainbow Race, Color Me Red and The Color Run. What better way to celebrate the change of seasons and benefit an arts organization like the Old Forge VIEW than with a huge splash of color!

For the Running Colors event each participant will also receive a small bag of color that will be used in a color explosion at the finish. The event rules do suggest if participants wish to minimize their color experience to stick to the center of the three lanes. The color bombers (volunteers with handfuls of colored cornstarch) will be stationed on the side of the path.

“This race is a great way for us to combine the arts and physical activity,” says Pritchard. “We will have four stations along the route for the color bombers, each 1K is a different color, with a color explosion at the finish. It may take a few times to wash out all the color, but it does come out. You’ll look more colorful by the end if you wear white.”

To date there are 230 participants with more entries coming in each day. Entries will also be accepted on race day. The race starts at 11 am with registration beginning at 9 am. Runners will be stationed in the front with walkers and parents pushing covered strollers toward the back.

If the race participants running or walking the course are concerned about the color getting into their eyes or mouth, race organizers encourage people to protect themselves by wearing glasses, goggles or a bandana.

Parking can be found at the Enchanted Forest Water Safari while the event home is the Old Forge waterfront on Lakeview Street, near the Information Center. In true festival fashion, there will be food available for purchase and music throughout the event. Preregistration is $20 and all children under 10 are free with a participating adult. Young children can even ride their bicycles, as long as they don’t mind the bikes turning colors.

Photo by Julie Dance, used with the permission of VIEW

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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