By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
Multicolored powder filled the air, landed on eye lashes and covered the bodies of more than 1,000 participants in Eastern Kentucky University’s first-ever Color of Maroon 5K on Saturday.
Despite the cold, runners, walkers and strollers, started at the EKU Intramural Softball fields dressed in clean white shirts (some in tutus). However, every participant was covered in splashes of green, yellow, red and blue by the end of the course.
Throughout the trek, “color blaster squads” made up of student volunteers threw handfuls of colored powder at participants as they passed. Some runners even gestured as if to say, “Bring it on,” while the powder throwers seemed happy to oblige.
As participants gathered at the end of the course for refreshments and music, the crowd began something that looked like a food fight, but with colored powder.
While some of the proceeds from the 5K will be divided up between the funds of various service-oriented clubs, sororities and fraternities that helped with the event, 20 percent of the proceeds will go to Special Olympics of Kentucky. A portion also will help establish two professional development funds for students, said senior Kevin Morgan, the event’s organizer.
In March, Morgan participated in the Color Me Rad 5K in Lexington. This summer, he interned for an organization that produced similar events in the region, and by the time he returned for his senior year, he was ready to make it happen at EKU.
With the backing of Greg Corack of intramural and club sports, Morgan revived the EKU Runner’s Club and began organizing the event in August. He hopes the Color of Maroon 5K will continue after he graduates, he said.
“I want to thank all of those who came out and made it a great event, and I hope you will bring all of your friends next year,” Morgan said. “I knew that this community, this university, needed this type of event.”