Registration has opened for the Color Dash 5K in Sedalia, which will take place July 19, and half of all registration proceeds will benefit Child Safe of Central Missouri Inc.
The event will be a colorful one — throughout the 3.1 mile course, Dasher-Splasher volunteers will cover participants with colorful dust, decorating the white T-shirts each participant is given in their registration packet.
“When you’re walking, strolling, jogging, whatever, you do 3.1 miles and as you go along there will be Dasher-Splashers, people tossing color powder onto the walkers and runners,” said Event Coordinator Karissa Logan. “And in your packet you get your white T-shirt, race bib and then a packet of color, and at the end when everyone comes to the finish line there’s a ‘color explosion,’ and you throw the color in the air and it covers everyone.”
In addition to its colorful nature, the Color Dash is a little different from other 5K events. Logan said the Color Dash isn’t timed, so participants are welcome to “walk, run, jog, or even crawl.”
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s an untimed event so it’s very welcoming of walkers, runners, anyone. It’s not timed so it’s all about fun and getting a little bit of fitness in there too.”
The Color Dash is a national organization that sponsors events across the country, benefiting local nonprofit organizations. Child Safe, Sedalia’s nonprofit, is a child advocacy center, which serves children who are alleged victims of physical or sexual abuse. The group also advocates in 11 counties — Benton, Carroll, Chariton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Morgan, Moniteau, Pettis and Saline — for non-offending family members of the child.
Child Safe provides forensic interviews and sexual assault medical exam referrals, in addition to its advocacy services. Since grants and other donations don’t fully cover Child Safe’s budget, fundraisers like the Color Dash are needed to continue their important work.
“A large portion of our budget comes from fundraising because we’re not fully funded by grants and other money,” said Logan, a member of the Child Safe board. “Unfortunately kids are abused more than any of us want to admit, so that’s what the money goes to, advocacy for abused children. In 2013 we saw just under 500 children, and Child Safe also covers 11 counties.”
Fitters Fifth Street Pub is hosting a free Packet Pickup Party from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 18 so participants can receive their packets before race day.
Participants can register online at thecolordash5k.com up until the night before the race. The price for an individual is $40, and there are family rates ranging from $21.66 to $28.33 per person. Registration is $10 more the day of the event. Registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 19 on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, and the Color Dash begins at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Logan at 441-3770 or visit thecolordash5k.com.