ELIZABETHTOWN – Laughter, cheers and good fellowship were the order of the morning at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park on Saturday as the Bladen County United Way held their Crazy, Fun Color Run.
While temperatures started out in the mid 50s by race time it had warmed to 60 degrees with plenty of sunshine to get the runners and walkers warmed up. For many of the participants as well as organizers, the event was their first attempt at a Color Run/Walk.
The course took participants from near the Bladen County Economic Development Office on Aviation Parkway in the Industrial to Executive Drive to Ben Green Industrial Park to the Bladen County EMS Building before retracing their steps to the finish line.
The color run was originally scheduled for October 3 but had to be postponed thanks the Hurricane Joaquin.
Folks turned out in strong support of the event with 100 folks pre-registering and several more deciding to sign up on Saturday morning.
“We’re so happy. This is great,” said Bob Mundy, one of the events many organizers.
Volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 600 and the East Bladen High School Keyettes came out to help make the event a success. The Boy Scouts helped to direct folks along the course and the Keyettes gave everyone a splash of color as they passed their station.
Harrison DeVane arrived at the event with his family and funds he raised from pledges.
“Harrison continues his giving spirit. He does it every year,” said Tiina Mundy, another of the event’s organizers.
Debbie Kettle of Bay Tree Lakes was taking in her first color run.
“I always said I was going to run a 5K. I saw this one in the paper,” said Kettle.
She said the read about the event and told herself she could do it.
“I like to exercise and walk and I run at home,” said Kettle.
The event was enjoyed by participants, volunteers and onlookers alike.
Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.
And they’re off! Participants in Saturday’s Crazy Fun Color Run to support the Bladen County United Way are doused with a concoction of tempra paint and corn starch as they pass through the first of several color stations on the course.
Both runners and walkers were not immune to the shower of color as they participated in the Bladen County United Way’s Crazy Fun Color Run/Walk.
This runner disappears momentarily into a sea of yellow and pink paint as she takes part in Saturday’s Crazy Fun Color Run.
Amy McDuffie seems to be surrendering as she is doused in pink and yellow paint during the Bladen County United Way’s Crazy Fun Color Run.
Marcia deAndrade is painted by members of the East Bladen High School Keyettes as she passed through their station on the course during the Crazy Fun Color Run 5KWalk/Run.