Color Fun Fest 5K is an event for the whole community, including kids/parents, couples, groups of friends, fitness gurus, dance enthusiasts, runners, joggers, walkers, bloggers, couch potatoes, the young, the old, and basically everyone and anyone that likes to have fun.
The run is scheduled for April 19 at Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166 in McKinney. The first wave of runners start at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second wave from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Color Fun Fest 5k is the child within that most people like to keep hidden. It is the that joyous feeling inside when you let go and really have fun. It’s seizing the day, making a memory, and smiling uncontrollably.
Derived from the Holi Festival in India, Color Fun Fest celebrates life and seeks to bring people together. The energy is almost unreal; when you’re standing there with thousands of people, counting down, and throw that first batch of colored powder into the air… something inside of you changes. It’s a real release. It’s a release of frustration, a release of anger, a release of any negativity you may have. Letting it all go. The Holi Festival has roots in ridding oneself of past errors, and emphasizes forgiveness. Basing Color Fun Fest on these principles, we strive for ultimate positivity.
Pumping that energy into a 5k run, participants break through the start barrier ready to take on anything. Electronic music floods the course as it pulsates through speakers, keeping up stamina. Before you know it, there is a color station with volunteers waiting to throw more color onto passing runners. Afterward, there is a large festival area for runners to cool down and hang out. Featuring a local artist, the festival is driven by massive speakers and DJ entertainment, with a vendor village full of local businesses. Choose from the day run or the night run full of black lights, and experience something unforgettable. Children 12 and under are free!
A portion of the proceeds will be benefiting a new startup charity called Flight For Cystic Fibrosis. Founder Vincent Palacio is a skydiving instructor that also happens to have CF. This
organization gives children with Cystic Fibrosis a chance to feel alive by experiencing the incredible feeling of skydiving through wind tunnels and jumps. The mission of this program is to show these kids how to overcome fears and feel hope, bonding families and encouraging healthy living, which is vitally necessary for a person with Cystic Fibrosis.
Another organization benefitting will be Free Arts for Abused Children, a nonprofit organization that gives children that have suffered adversity a chance to express themselves through art. Bring arts and crafts donations for the kids! We will be accepting donations at the event and there will also be a special performance by the children for all attendees.
Visit ColorFunFest5K.com for more info.
Story submitted by Jessica Waffles