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Opinion

Saylor: Color-themed fun run planned for June 29

What is the biggest and coolest trend in the race world right now? Color-themed fun runs!

The Lemont Park District is pleased to introduce Lemont’s inaugural race of this kind, the Color Me Proud Freedom 5K at Centennial Campus at 8 a.m. June 29.

We have re-branded our annual Freedom Run and added a splash of Patriotic Color. The race will kick-off the District’s Freedom Days Celebration, a series of patriotic-themed events leading up to Lemont’s Annual July 3rd Independence Day Extravaganza.

You’ve seen it all over various media channels – people photographed laughing, running, posing, drenched with vibrant colors.

So how does this happen? Well, the race starts out pretty typically. Participants, who are usually dressed as blank canvases in all white, flock to the “starting” point.

The bull horn goes off and the “show” begins. As runners (and walkers) take to the course they pass through various “color stations.” Here, they are splashed with bright colored powder. The color is food-grade quality cornstarch that is biodegradable, non-toxic and 100 percent safe.

During the Lemont Park District’s Color Me Proud Freedom 5K, there will be four color stations featuring Patriotic colors along the course. Volunteers will be located at color stations with bulk buckets of powder and as participants pass, the volunteers will shower them with colors.

The Color Me Proud Freedom 5K is a fun, family-friendly 5K open to all abilities and all ages.

Participants are welcome to run, jog or walk during this untimed event. Registration is taking place on www.active.com. An All-American After-Party will take place at Centennial Park following the race featuring music, giveaways and the final color throw.

For more information visit www.LemontParkDistrict.org or contact me at Jennifer-saylor@lemontparkdistrict.org. Hope to see you there – it’s going to be a colorful blast!

Jen Saylor is the Fitness Member Service Manager at the Lemont Park District CORE Fitness & Aquatic Complex.

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