YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Color Run took place Saturday morning at the Covelli Center in downtown Youngstown.
For many runners, today was the first 5K they had run.
Anita Dickey from Youngstown ran in the race. She said she lost 130 pounds since giving birth to her daughter, Kyra, in 2014. Running in the 5K was a big deal for her.
“It was awesome. At first, they were afraid because we had the kids. We told them just douse the kids. Douse the kids,” Dickey said.
Dickey said she cried at the finish line because crossing the finish line meant she can do anything.
The race started at the Covelli Center with individuals wearing clean white t-shirts. About 3,500 people participated in the race and were covered in colored powdered as they passed through checkpoints.
“It was crazy. You’re breathing it in, but it felt so good. Everyone was like, you need more on your back. You need more on your back. You need more on the front. They were just throwing it every which direction,” said Jami Mazei, another participant from Austintown.
“It was amazing. A lot of people were just rolling on the ground. I saw a lot of people rolling in it. It was so much fun,” said Kelsey Namola, a participant from Warren.
The Color Run is a for-profit race, but the event raised thousands of dollars for Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley through online donations and money for each volunteer at the race.
“We help them to promote the race, to recruit volunteers, and we were just thrilled to be selected as the charity partner. We had over 200 volunteers that help the day prior with packet pickup and then the day of the race,” said Joann Stock from Akron Children’s Hospital.
Volunteers from the hospital were seen having as much fun as runners.
“I loved it, and there were a lot of kids throwing out the color. And it was so eventful for them. So to see them happy, it felt really good,” said Lori Protain, a participant from Austintown.
The cloudy Saturday morning did not prevent the event from happening.