Approximately 100 people participated in the Child Safe of Central Missouri, Inc., Rock the Color 5/K Color Run at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Child Safe Executive Director Kim Allen said 50 children ran at 5 p.m. in the Lil’ Ones Color Run. “In the past it’s been a morning run,” she added. “We wanted to make it a kid and family event with a festival atmosphere this year.”
During the Rock the Color 5/K, Saturday, Jenny Bluth, of Blue Springs, gets dashed with color by Anna Logan, 5, left, Lilly Logan, 2, center and Kinley Hudson, 4. The girls enjoyed turning themselves pink as much as they did the runners.
This year Child Safe Color Run provided a festival atmosphere and Dharma Leon dressed as a Esmeralda the Clown paints a design on Cooper Cramer, 2, Saturday afternoon. Cooper was attending the run with his parents Randon and Tiffany Cramer, of Sedalia, and older brother Ryder Cramer, 4. The couple planned as a family with the boys in a stroller.
Parker Braden, 4, plays a fish pond game before the Rock the Color 5/K, on Saturday. Parker, who won a plastic watch at the duck pond, was attending the event with her mother Gina Braden and little sister Quinn, 2. Before the run children could visit the hand print table, make a balloon hat or get their faces painted.
After the Color Run was completed, several Sedalia celebrities and dignitaries ran “The Gauntlet,” Miss Teen Missouri Christina Stratton gets sprayed by colored water by those who paid a small fee to do so. Child Safe Executive Director Kim Allen said she hoped to raise $10,000 this year for the cause.