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Lemont rings in Fourth festivities with Color Run, fireworks set for Thursday

Fourth of July festivities begin with Color Run

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:22 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:35 a.m. CST
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A young participant loved getting sprayed with colored chalk during Color Me Proud 5k in Lemont on Sunday, June 29th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Participants of the Color Me Proud 5K cover each other in colored chalk as they begin the run in Lemont on Sunday. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Dave Dudek, of Lombard gets sprayed with colored chalk during the Color Me Proud 5k in Lemont on Sunday, June 29th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Alex Grygo, of Lake in the Hills and his father, Andy cross the finish line at the Color Me Proud 5k in Lemont on Sunday, June 29th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Karen Byrnes, of Lemont, throws her bag of orange chalk at another participant before the start of the Color Me Proud 5k in Lemont on Sunday, June 29th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Participants of the Color Me Proud 5k cover each other in colored chalk before they start the run in Lemont on Sunday, June 29th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Eric Dirst of Woodridge and his son Ben get sprayed with colored chalk during the Color Me Proud 5k in Lemont on Sunday, June 29th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Participants near the half way point of the Color Me Proud 5k in Lemont on Sunday, June 29th. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media

LEMONT – The weather cleared up in time for the Lemont Park District's Color Me Proud Freedom 5K Sunday at Centennial Park.

Race Director Jen Saylor said approximately 300 runner participated, with several other people in attendance to watch.

"Everybody really embraced the spirit of the event," she said.

The run featured four color stations, where participants were sprayed with food coloring while they ran.

The first three stations were red, white and blue, Saylor said, with the final station being a combination of pink, purple and yellow to represent fireworks.

She said there was plenty of color left over for people to use during the after party, culminating in a final color throw.

This was the first color run the park district has held, and Saylor said she looks forward to being able to do it again.

"We got a lot of positive feedback," she said. "We had a lot of first-time color runners."

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More festivities

What: Independence Day Extravaganza

When: 4 p.m. to dusk Thursday

Where: Centennial Park, 16028 W. 127th St.

Details: The Foundation Beer Garden and food court open at 4 p.m. There is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 5 p.m. and a bean bag tournament at 6 p.m. The Hillbilly Rockstarz perform at 7 p.m. A fireworks show at dusk ends the evening.

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