The Inaugural Annual Colors of Cancer 5K Color Run and Walk was deemed a huge success by its organizers.
Their goal was $500, but thanks to 60 participants, they surpassed that, raising $1,280. The event started at 8:30 a.m. with registration.
The Run/Walk officially began with Kenny Kincaid, a cancer survivor and the King of Relay For Life of Lewis County, as the official starter and event closer.
The Relay For Life of Lewis County partnered with Pace Yourself Lewis County to host this event, and the first one to be held at the WVU Jackson’s Mill Louis Bennett Airstrip.
The participants were doused by volunteers with six different colors of powder as they looped around the course three times to make the 5K distance.
There were three categories vying for the glass trophies made by Appalachian Glass and they were Competitive Runners, Competitive Walkers, and Just For Fun Walkers.
The winners are:
Competitive Runner: Isaac McCormick
Competitive Walker: Aleena Nicholas
Just For Fun Walker: Mike Shaver
Participants varied in age from 4-70, which helped make the event fun for the entire families.
Many participated because someone they know is battling cancer and some participated in memory of a loved one who has battled cancer.
Some of the Lewis County High School Cross Country team members participated also.
Participants received an official event T-shirt, medal, sunglasses and some healthy snacks after their laps. They also took a chance on a 50/50 ticket, and the winner donated their portion back to make an additional $35 raised.
There were so many volunteers who made this event possible and organizers send them gratitude for helping to make it wonderful. Organizers also extend their gratitude to participants who made it possible.
Corporate Sponsors: Wendy’s of Weston, Dave Wenzel of Wendy’s, Pace Yourself Lewis County, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Appalachian Glass, and WVU Jacksons Mill. Extra support in planning and organizing: Kristi Gannon, Diane Occletree, and Kevin Stalnaker from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Charla Barrett, Chera Smith from the Relay For Life of Lewis County.
Organizers are already planning the 2nd-Annual event.