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Color Dash a vibrant, enriching day for Craig runners

5K race raises funds, creates fun for Boys & Girls Club

Runners receive one last splash of pink at the finish line of The Color Dash 5K Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The race was a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Craig, complete with color stations around the park.

Within an hour's time Saturday morning, everyone at Loudy-Simpson Park looked like a paint factory's entire inventory had been dumped on them. But, everyone doused in bright hues was also grinning from ear to ear.

The Color Dash 5KThe Color Dash 5K saw dozens of runners take to the paths along Loudy-Simpson and wind up looking like they walked through a rainbow by the end of the race. saw dozens of runners take to the paths along Loudy-Simpson and wind up looking like they walked through a rainbow by the end of the race.

The Color Dash 5K saw dozens of runners take to the paths along Loudy-Simpson and wind up looking like they walked through a rainbow by the end of the race.

The early morning jaunt, a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of CraigBoys & Girls Club of Craig, featured several stations around the park where volunteers were waiting with buckets of colored powder to make each runner look like a human tie-dye job — no two exactly the same., featured several stations around the park where volunteers were waiting with buckets of colored powder to make each runner look like a human tie-dye job — no two exactly the same.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig, featured several stations around the park where volunteers were waiting with buckets of colored powder to make each runner look like a human tie-dye job — no two exactly the same.

Coltyn Terry was one of the first to finish the race, in second place by a mere footstep, getting a faceful of pink powder at the end as well.

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The incoming eighth-grader at Craig Middle School said he'll soon be running at the park again for the school's cross country team. And, though the color portion of the day was fun, he's looking forward to a serious race in October.

"Then I can worry about just getting across the finish line," he said.

Misty Jones said she enjoyed the run with her family as well as the bouts of color that came with it. One station in particular stuck out to her.

"The blue was quite potent," she laughed, noting that runners got a double dose of the color before and after going through Loudy-Simpson's Nature Trail.

While many adults were in the Color Dash, just as many kids were on their feet, with Duran & Pearce Contractors footing the registration for members of the Boys & Girls Club.

"I was impressed with how many kids there are out here," Jones said.

Dana Duran, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, was also delighted with the turnout. Though the total for how much was raised is still in the work, the local organization will receive 50 percent of the profits from national group, The Color Dash. The number of people who were at the park from the opening through the Color Explosion finale — as runners were corralled for one final cataclysm of every color — proved the event was well received by Craig.

"It's the best," Duran smiled. "Perfect day, great attendance, I'm really proud of all our kids. It was such a positive environment, everyone happy to be here, good, solid families supporting each other and having a little physical fitness."

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