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Runners show true colors

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:19 am

A runner gets sprayed with chalk powder while passing through one of the color stations along the course. The color run is the biggest fundraiser LCCOA puts on each year. Austin Groshong photo.

An estimated 130 runners gathered at Clont’s Field to participate in the 22nd annual LCCOA 5k and 1k color run on June 3.
Registration for the event started at 7 a.m. and the race began at 8 a.m. Due to a shooting that occurred on Harris Street approximately 8:40 a.m., the run was stopped, but LCCOA Executive Director Jan Bray said that incident did not have major bearing on the run.
“The majority of the runners were finished, so it didn’t really impact the walkers and runners,” she said.
Awards for the top runners were given after the race. Jacob Muscott was the top overll male runner with a time of 23.53 and Elaine Muscott was the overall female runner with a time of 25.23.
Both the 1k and the 5k started at Clonts Field. The 5k took a right on to West College From there, the runners turned right on to Harris Street and made another right on to Avery Street.
After turning back on to Harris Street the runners made a right on to Perkins Boulevard and then took a left on to Boone Street. The runners then took a left on to Main Street and then turned back on to West College Street. Runners then took a right at Troy Middle School and made there way towards the finish line at Clonts Field.
Throughout the course, color stations were set up where runners could get sprayed with colored chalk if they wanted to. Bray said that the chalk would come out.
Bray says that she is impressed by the community’s participation in the fundraiser.
“I see a lot of families, which I think is so healthy,” she said. “When families play together they stay together and so I think it is really healthy. They are doing the right things because statistically speaking, people that stay active and run and are physically active they have much better quality of life.”
Walker Linda Morris has participated in the run for 21 years and says that the run has been a good way to support a good cause.
“I love it,” she said. “I enjoy volunteering at the senior center. I have been over there since 1997. I just went over there to eat lunch one day and I haven’t left.”