A bunch of people in Liberty County are getting together Saturday to paint the town yellow, green and several other colors-a Liberty County first.
Bradwell Institute is teaming with GeoVista Credit Union to host the 5K Color Prowl from 7 a.m. to noon. It is similar to Color Runs, high-energy running events popularized in recent years where participants are covered in different colored powder.
More than 100 people have already signed up, but event organizers are inviting the entire county of all ages and experience levels to run, walk or stroll the course. Stroll means participants can push young children in strollers, so even little ones can join in.
"Three point one miles is kind of far for a 3-year-old," BI yearbook advisor Laura Kupres said with a laugh. "It’s something fun and a family activity."
Dogs on leashes are also welcomed.
Participants will gather at Olvey Field. The run starts at 9 a.m. and follows the city’s designated 5K route that mostly covers Bradwell Street, Memorial Drive, and Main Street, then goes back to the field. It is a fun run, so finishes will not be timed.
Kupres said she and the yearbook staff decided to introduce the color run to Liberty County after seeing the positive response in surrounding areas, like Savannah. The students asked why not have one here.
"Liberty County doesn’t have a color run. There’s a couple of ones on Fort Stewart, but those are for military," Kupres said.
And it’s good, clean fun, according to Kupres, even though participants end up covered in powder.
"We’re going for something fun, for everybody to have a good time and a family community event," she said when asked their vision for the event. "I just want it to be fun. I want everybody to have a good time, lots of smiley faces, that’s what I am looking for."
Kupres explained the coloring process.
"It’s a colored powder and it’s a face colored powder," Kupres said. "Obviously, we’re aiming away from the face. We’re aiming at bodies and not faces. And it’s going to be kind of sprayed and not thrown."
She and the students got creative with how to spray the color.
"We have condiment bottles, so it’s going to be sprayed out. It works pretty well and that way it will aim a little better rather than just throwing handfuls at you," Kupres said.
About 20 local businesses are sponsoring the event and will act as color dispensers, along with some students.
"Each one kind of sponsored a color," she said of the sponsors.
Color spray teams will spray eight different colors as participants run and walk. Organizers suggested participants wear white so the color shows better.
"Also, they should have some eye protection such as sunglasses. They may also want to bring a towel or something else to put on their car seats for the ride home," Kupres said.
Some businesses will have booths for participants to visit before the 9 a.m. kickoff.
The BI marching band will entertain the crowd with upbeat tunes to set the mood for the event.
Registration happens from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and includes picking up registration bags and event T-shirts. Everyone gets a door prize.
"Just by registering, people are entered into it. You don’t have to do anything extra," Kupres said.
Water and drinks will be available after the run.
To participate, the registration fee is $35 for adults and $25 for children. Children 5 years old and under are free.
Proceeds from the event go to the BI Yearbook Club and senior scholarships from the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.
"The PTO committee goes over all the applications and tries to divide it up," Kupres said.
Scholarships may not be as much as others, but Kupres said organizers will offer more in the future.
"We’re still trying to build it up," she said. "This is our first year, so we’re just starting off. But we’re hoping to build on this and make it bigger by next year."
The Color Prowl registration will continue up to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants can also register before the event online at www.active.com or by visiting the school.