© Jamie Heap
Participants colour-bomb themselves with a rainbow of non-toxic
coloured paints this past Saturday just prior to the start of the Tim Hortons'
In Running Colour 5 K Fun Run/Walk in Springhill. All proceeds benefitted the
Junction Road and West End Elementary school running club.
SPRINGHILL – More than 250 people from across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick participated in the first Tim Hortons’ In Running Colour 5 Kilometre Fun Run/Walk that started and finished at West End Memorial Elementary school in Springhill on Saturday.
“I think that this is a great turnout for a first time event,” volunteer and school advisory chair Kenny John Jackson said, who along with his wife Maryanne Jackson, helped register and put numbers on participants ahead of the 10 a.m. start. “People have come from all over Nova Scotia, even as far away as northern New Brunswick. It’s great for the whole county.”
The colourful event that was also sponsored by Doctors Nova Scotia and the Running Room, was the culmination of two years of training and preparation.
“These kids have been running for two years now, and for the community to come together like it has today for this event means a lot to them,” Springhill’s elementary schools running club leader and event director Amanda Gogan said.
More than sixty volunteers helped out in one way or another for the event.
At the start of the race, participants colour- bombed themselves with non-toxic paint. As each runner completed another kilometre, they were colour-bombed yellow, orange, red, purple or blue by volunteers such as Springhill mayor Max Snow.
The first person Snow colour-bombed as he crossed the finish line was Rob Murphy, who traveled from Halifax to participate in this event.
“I thought it was a lot of fun,” said Murphy. He was followed by Woody Thompson and Paxton Clare.
The first youth to cross the finish line was Parker Gogan. In keeping with the spirit of the five kilometre fun run/walk, everyone who finished received a medal.
Participants refuelled by consuming bananas, cereal bars, water and milk.
All proceeds from the fundraising event benefitted the Junction Road and West End Elementary school running clubs, which open to Grades 4 through 6.