An unidentified boy, covered in colored powder, is carried through the crowd following the Color Dash’s color explosion last year. -- Herald file photo
An unidentified boy, covered in colored powder, is carried through the crowd following the Color Dash’s color explosion last year. -- Herald file photo

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Color Dash to brighten area

Published 10:27am Thursday, August 14, 2014

Several area organizations hope to add another dash of color to this summer.

The second Color Dash 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday starting and ending once again at the Downtown Austin Power Plant along Fourth Avenue Northeast.

The all-ages event — which is a fun run in that it is not a timed race — will happen rain or shine.

Proceeds will support The Hormel Institute’s cancer research and the third annual Austin ArtWorks Festival, which takes place the following weekend (Aug. 23-24) at the Downtown Power Plant. The colorful 5K was brought to Austin last year as an early kickoff for the arts festival. It is put on by The Color Dash, an Owatonna-based group that calls its event “the world’s brightest 5K” and offers it nationwide.

More than 700 people took part in last year’s Color Dash. The 3.1 mile run raised $5,000.

This year’s route will be mostly similar, with the exception of a few new sections added due to the flood wall work near the Downtown Mill Pond. Also, once past Packer Arena the route will flow clockwise — opposite from last year — to The Hormel Institute and back.

Coloring used during the run/walk is made from food-grade cornstarch and food-grade coloring that are 100 percent natural and safe, according to the Color Dash. Participants are encouraged after the event to shake off the coloring dust before getting in a vehicle; it also might take one or two showers to return to normal skin tone. Some participants opt to wear glasses or goggles and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths.

Pre-registration is available online on the Color Dash 5K website: Paid registration provides each participant with a Color Dash pack that includes a white T-shirt, dash bib, Color Dash tattoo and a color pack for the event’s “Color Explosion” finale.

Cost (not including processing fees) is $40 per individual or $35 per team member (teams must be at least four people and limited to 16 people); ages 5 and younger are free. Families (whose members must all live in the same household) can participate for $85 for three members, with each additional family member up to six being $15 per individual.

Same-day registration will be available at the same cost starting at 7 a.m. at the Downtown Power Plant. Race packet pickup also will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the event, with the run/walk starting at 9 a.m.

Strollers for children are allowed on the 5K run/walk route; pets, however, are prohibited. Shirts and color also will be available for purchase the day of the event.

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