The Purdue Extension for Starke County is hosting a Color Me Green 4-H Dash – the first event of its kind for the organization – and they are inviting all 4-H Members, families, volunteers, community members, and anyone who wants to have fun to join in the fun. This color run/walk will be held on Saturday, April 5 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the Oregon-Davis High School.
Elisabeth Smith, extension educator for 4-H youth development, told WKVI that the state is encouraging all counties in Indiana to host a run/walk event, but 4-H organizers decided to go with a specific powder color to spray on participants: green.
“We decided to do a run, just because it’s kind of something new, and it’s to promote healthy living. But green is one of the 4-H colors – green and white are 4-H colors – and so we’re using the green and the idea was, we were kind of hoping to do it in March, kind of with St. Patrick’s Day, green for 4-H, Color Me Green sounds kind of Irish. So it’s kind of that whole Irish, green, 4-H kind of theme,” Smith explained.
There is no need to preregister; Smith said registration will take place a half hour before the dash begins. There is a $10 cost per person to register or $25 for a family, and Smith said the proceeds will go to benefit the food bank at Community Services of Starke County.
“Obviously, part of healthy living is having the food available and so we thought what better opportunity for us than to donate our proceeds back into our local community and donate them to the local food bank with Community Services of Starke County so people can have that healthy food available to them,” Smith said.
The first 50 people to register for the event will receive a t-shirt and a pair of 4-H sunglasses.