On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Western High School hosted their annual 5K Color Run. All funds raised from the race was donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is a voluntary organization dedicated to fund for blood cancer research.
The Color Run is an untimed race, so it was perfect for people who wanted to leisurely run or walk. While preparing for the event, the sky looked grey and hazy. The staff and volunteers were all praying to Mother Nature to postpone the expected drizzle, because rain on this day calls for a vibrant sticky mess. Thankfully enough, Mother Nature listened to our prayers.
Despite the cold and hazy weather, a great amount of participants showed up in good spirits. Each runner was given a t-shirt, and each t-shirt was a canvas waiting to become a radiant and messy work of art. Throughout the race, runners in the 5K and Kids Fun Run were spattered with a variety color powders, turning them into a human rainbow. While the runners were being bombarded with powder, they were also running in a positive and friendly environment. There were countless of volunteers spread throughout the race, cheering on and motivating the runners.
In addition, the Color Run was not exclusive to just Western students; it was open to the public, which was a lovely way to bring our community together to have a great time, and help put an end to cancer as well. Each runner left this event smiling, drenched in color, and eager to come back next year.