Color Me Rad race attracts painted runners

kjones@idahostatesman.comJune 22, 2013 

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More than 3,000 participants, mostly dressed in white, or in costumes, began Idaho's first Color Me Rad race sometime after 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2013, at the Ada County Fairgrounds. Five kilometers later, they were multi-hued, happy, colorful finishers. Special Olympics Idaho received a portion of the proceeds.


More than 3,000 participants, who started out Saturday morning dressed mostly in white or in costumes began Boise’s Color Me Rad race, but after finishing 5 kilometers later they were multi-hued, colorful and mostly exuberant.

“Love it,” says Jared Walker, from Meridian, sporting a decidedly turquoise hue. “The energy, the atmosphere. Everybody’s laughing.”

“This is awesome,” says Laurie LaFollette, CEO of Special Olympics Idaho, which is a beneficiary of the race. “It’s a celebration of all abilities. Some people walked, some people ran; for some people, this was their first-ever 5K.

“It’s very much in line with Special Olympics’ mission: to provide sports and training for all athletic abilities, for Idahoans with intellectual disabilities.”

Participants lined up in waves to begin a course that wove around the Ada County Fairgrounds. Every kilometer, they passed a color station that sprayed them with either wet or powdered color.

“It’s the best ever,” says Celina Meeks, hefting purple powder at the finish line. Even her teeth were purple. “So much fun.”

LaFollette hoped the run would become an annual event.

“We plan on it,” says Jess Knapp, race director. “Bigger next year.”

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