Color Fun Run & Walk deemed a colorful success

Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — Organizers of the United Way 5K Color Fun Run & Walk on Saturday morning, Nov. 19, were ecstatic about the success.

One of those event organizers, Bob Mundy, announced at the start the participants had helped raise a lot of money for the local Bladen County United Way.

The event was held at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, with a start and end at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. Numerous local agencies and supporters helped pull off the second annual event in Bladen County — which was delayed from its original date of Oct. 15 because of Hurricane Matthew.

The weather was beautiful and the families had a blast getting crazy and colorful for a great cause.

Along the 5K run, members of the Keyettes from East Bladen High School tossed powdered color on the sun shade shielded eyes of color run participants of all ages – from strollers on up.

“This is by far the greatest part about this fundraiser event,” said Stacie Kinlaw. “White shirts were multicolored by the end of the fun run.”

Stewart Valentiner with Southeast Farm Equipment offered to “blow” the colored powder off of runners at the end of the race. Runners and walkers enjoyed a nutritious snack following the race with Janet Quick and the crew from Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery.

The proceeds of the event go to United Way of Bladen County, a local non-profit that meets many needs in the area. Initial estimates indicate that this year’s Crazy Fun Color Run & Walk will provide around $5,000 in funding to causes supported by United Way in Bladen County.

Staff report

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