Color Run to benefit playground project

By Sarah Hawley -

RACINE — Who says running can’t be fun?

As part of the fundraising effort for a new playground, the Southern Local Schools Playground Project is hosting a Color Run on April 29.

The run and walk will begin at Star Mill Park, going out Yellowbush Road and making a lap around the track at Star Mill Park.

What makes a Color Run different than your normal 5k run/walk is that at various points throughout the race color will be thrown on the participants.

Event organizer and Southern Physical Education teacher Heather Dailey-Johnson explained that there will be four color stations, each with a different color, with will symbolize the accomplishment of reaching that station.

Participants should wear light colors or their color run shirt for the race. The colors thrown on the runners are a corn starch based powder with coloring added.

Times will be kept, with first, second and third place awards given. There will also be door prizes so that every participant has a chance to win.

This is believed to be the first color run in the county.

The playground project began last year with the decision to create a new playground which can not only be used by second and third grade students, but by sports teams, community members and others.

What will make this equipment unique in comparison to the other playground equipment is that it is geared toward fitness, climbing and agility.

Dailey-Johnson said that there is a fundraising goal of $25,000, and that the project is almost halfway to that goal. They will also be applying for grant funding for the project.

The goal is to have all funds collected and complete a one-day community install on August 19, in advance of the 2017-18 school year. As the grant for the project is a community grant, it will require members of the community to assist with the assembly of the new playground.

Donations are also being accepted toward the playground project.

Registration forms may be mailed to Southern Local Attn: Heather Dailey-Johnson, 920 Elm Street, Racine, OH 45771 or dropped off at Southern Elementary. Additional information is available on the Color Run Facebook event page.

Vendors are also wanted to take part in a vendor area at the Color Run. For more information contact Dailey-Johnson be email at or 740-591-9167.

Early bird registration to guarantee a specific shirt size ends on April 20, although participants can register the morning of the event. Those registering the morning of the event are not guaranteed a shirt.

By Sarah Hawley

Reach Sarah Hawley at 740-992-2155 ext. 2555 or on Twitter @SarahHawleyNews

Reach Sarah Hawley at 740-992-2155 ext. 2555 or on Twitter @SarahHawleyNews