ELIZABETHTOWN — It will be crazy. It will be fun. It will be colorful. It will be Saturday. And it will be a run.
“Our color run is always a lot of fun,” said Tiiny Mundy, spokesperson for the United Way’s Crazy Fun Color Run, held annually in Elizabethtown. “It’s not competitive, so if you want to walk, you can, and if you want to run, you can.”
Participants can also opt out of the “color” portion of the run, which involves colorful powder being thrown as racers as they make their way through the course. At the end, an industrial blower wisps away color remnants so participants don’t get their vehicles dirty.
“People have the option, but most people don’t mind the color,” Mundy explained. “It’s a lot of fun.”
The race is open to anyone, and registration can be completed by visiting the United Way of Bladen County Facebook page or by downloading registration forms from http://bladen.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/United-Way-Color-Run-2018-Reg-Form.pdf. Early registration is encouraged in order to secure a race t-shirt.
Individual registration is $20 for adults or $15 for children 12 years old and younger.
Same-day registration will take place at 7:30 a.m.
Held in cooperation with the Bladen County 4-H, the event raises money for local causes.
“That’s something we want to stress,” Mundy commented. “Everything stays in Bladen County.”
Each year, approximately $5,000 is added to the purse of Bladen County United Way, which, in turn, assists programs like Bladen County Families First or Bladen Crisis Assistance.
In its fourth year, the event was moved to the spring in the hopes that it wouldn’t be preempted by foul weather this year.
“We’ve been hit by so many hurricanes, so we’re hoping spring will get us away from all that,” Mundy remarked.
Scheduled for Fall, 2015, the first race saw Hurricane Joaqin barrel in, and 2016’s autumn competition was postponed when, once again, a hurricane — this time Matthew — postponed events.
The Crazy Fun Color Run is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. at the Bladen County Industrial Park in Elizabethtown.
“We’re hoping for as many people as people to come out and support it,” Mundy remarked.
For additional information, contact Bob Mundy at 910-876-3720.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.