MEDFORD, Ore. — The Color Run 5K made its stop in Medford on a tour hosted in more than 30 countries.
Race organizers for the Kaleidoscope Tour say they make stops in cities that show the most demand. More than 5,000 people from the Rogue Valley showed up for the color run this year, winding its way through downtown Medford and back to Hawthorne Park.
The Color Run is a for-profit organization that partners with local charities, but some local runners are taking advantage of the team spirit to promote their own causes.
One Medford mom, Anna Baird, says her team is running for her daughter Elianna, who’s been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.
“I’m not a runner, so I definitely couldn’t have done it on my own strength. Channeled her, about a dozen of us are running team Eliana, just trying to spread a little bit of awareness and get some good exercise,” said Baird.
Tour organizers say they hire professional clean-up teams to ensure roads are cleared of extra color after the race.