Art and athletics may not seem to go hand in hand, but Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) Executive Director James Lemons wants people to look at art in a new light. For the first year LPCA will be hosting a popular “color run.” On August 16, LPCA welcomes one and all to their first annual “Run the Colors of the Arts” 5K (3.1-miles) at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds.
Color Fun Runs are not to be confused with Holi, the Festival of Colors. Color Festivals started in India as a celebration of spring. Color races are also not new with such foot races as Rainbow Race, Color Me Red and The Color Run. Participants run along a race course and at predetermined areas food-safe, colored cornstarch is tossed around the racers.
Each of the color stations will have three lanes with the center lane receiving the least amount of color dusting. The lanes are set up that way to give each participant the experience they want to have. The non-toxic, biodegradable, non-rash-inducing colored cornstarch washes out after a few times. Some participants chose to wear white during the race and set the color bombing for a unique color bomb shirt. Lemons warns that even the colors are nontoxic people may choose to wear eye protecting and a bandana as the colored dust can get into the eyes and mouth.
“We chose to do this fun race primarily to engage an aspect of our community that doesn’t know all that the LPCA does,” says Lemons. “We thought this was a great way to tie arts and athletics together in this Olympic town.”
Lemons explains that the race is a traditional 5K that will have five color stations. The 5K course follows the children’s course through the first three color stations around the horse show grounds and then exits onto Old Military Rd., turning onto Church St and circling back on Cascade Rd. to the Horse Show Grounds. There is a picnic immediately following the race with food for purchase from Green Goddess Natural Food Market.
“Children can do their own race and then go to the arts and crafts table while their parents finish the rest of the 5K course,” says Lemons. “The Fun Zone has other activities as well.”
Old Forge’s VIEW will gather their color runners on Oct 18 for another year of fun. This 5K starts and finishes at the Old Forge Waterfront. Children under age 10 may race for free with a participating adult. Young children can even ride their bicycles, as long as they don’t mind the bikes turning colors. 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.
These events are un-timed, non-competitive events that are a fun way to spent a day in another beautiful Adirondack location while benefiting art organizations.
“Run The Color of the Arts” poster provided by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.