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North Bend to host 5K/1M Color Run April 12

Flying colors
Suzanne Schloss, parent at North Bend Elementary School, demonstrates at a school assembly what will happen at the upcoming Color Run 5K/1M fundraiser. (photo by Lori Lindner)

NORTH LIBERTY– Put on your white shirt, your tutu and your pumped-up kicks. Most importantly, wear your biggest smile; it’s time to run.
On Saturday, April 12, the North Bend Elementary Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) and various sponsors will host the school’s first annual North Bend Elementary 5K and 1 Mile Color Run, beginning at 9 a.m. at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary, 2230 St. Andrews Dr. The event is a fundraiser for the North Bend PTG, with proceeds going toward classroom enrichment, playground equipment, technology equipment, field trips, guest speakers and educational supplies.
Organizers felt this idea for a fundraiser sent a better message than selling chocolate bars.
“Traditionally the parent-teacher group’s spring fundraiser has been selling World’s Finest Chocolate,” said event co-chair Angie Rummel. “With so many healthy initiatives going on in our state and community, they opted to have a fun run or something more health-focused. Color runs are so popular right now, so they leapt to the fun conclusion of doing this.”
North Bend participates in the Pick a Better Snack Program, which encourages kids to make healthier food choices between meals and parents to send nutritious snacks for class celebrations. The district is in its second year of the PEP grant program, which helps funds physical education initiatives in schools, and family fitness nights have become part of the regular offerings for free out-of-school activities for families at all grade levels. It’s that kind of non-competitive, focused-on-fitness fun Rummel and her co-chair Michelle Emmel hope to promote with this first 5K/1M run.
CCA’s Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford held a color run last fall, and news of the upcoming run in April has been well-received.
“They seem excited to have a healthy, fun outlet for the families to get together,” said Emmel.
The North Bend event is not just for families whose children attend school there. The entire CCA district as well as everyone in North Liberty and the surrounding communities are encouraged to participate.
“We want all ages there. We want the moms with the strollers to come out. My parents signed up, and they are 69 and 70,” Emmel noted.
Because the event is non-timed and non-competitive, it is a good chance for those who have never run in an organized race before but want to try, Emmel said.
“There is not going to be somebody pushing you out of they way so they can better their time. We want you to slow down and get colored and have fun. We want people to be able to experience what an organized run is like without the anxiety of worrying whether they can run 3.3 miles. That’s okay; walk half of it or all of it if you want to,” said Emmel. “Even if someone isn’t a runner, the color run is the best way to be able to say, hey, I did my first 5K.”
A deejay playing music, wholesome snacks and door prizes– like gift cards to local businesses, hotel stays and more– will add to the party atmosphere at this run.
But it’s the color stations that give the event its name, and its attitude.
Runners and walkers will be sprayed with various colored cornstarch mixtures that are bright going on and easily washed out. By the end of the route, participants on both the 5K and 1 mile routes will be doused head-to-toe with the reds, blues, yellows and greens of the day.
But for those whom color drenching isn’t their thing, there are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help out.
“We are also encouraging parents and people from the community to volunteer if they like,” said Rummel. Volunteers are still needed to help set up the event, man the color stations, direct traffic crossings on the route and clean up afterward.
“A lot has gone into it to make it a community-wide event,” Rummel said. She has participated in the Des Moines Color Run, and said the intent of color runs is for everyone to feel welcome and have a great time. “There are people who bring strollers or wagons and walk their kids through the whole route. It really is about the party atmosphere.”
The event will be held rain or shine, except in dangerous weather conditions. The fee is $20 per person or $60 for a family of four. To volunteer, go to Sign Up Genius at www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49AEA72DABFA7-nbe1mile. For more information, visit North Bend Elementary PTG’s Facebook page or email nbe5Krun@gmail.com. To register, go to https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=10065.
Register by March 24 to be guaranteed an event T-shirt. Sign-ups will be accepted until race day. Same-day registration is $25.