CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — More than 3,000 people pulled themselves out of bed, and headed to the Jackson County Fairgrounds for the happiest 5K run in the nation, The Color Run.
White and neon colors lit up the road as colorful powder showered down on runners, creating a paint splattered rainbow on their skin and clothes by the end of the race.
“It was exciting,” said runner Dean Rorozco. “I loved going through all of the colors and them hitting your face, and they got in your mouth a little bit, but it was all good.”
The race travels around the country primarily to larger cities, but a Facebook page to bring The Color Run to Southern Oregon caught the organization’s attention. According to Mark Miller, The Color Run director, they realized there were no large cities in Southern Oregon and decided to come.
“I think it brings a lot of community bonding,” said Miller. ”I think a lot of people from around came together, and it’s fun seeing them having a good time together and experiencing health and fitness together.”
Runners had to pay a fee to run the race. Part of the proceeds raised go to the Global Poverty Project, an organization aiming to end extreme poverty.
“I think what’s special about The Color Run is it’s an un-timed event, which is great and so it’s really friendly to people who maybe don’t want to get timed in a 5K, so it’s a lot of people walking… it’s all about fun,” said Miller. “It’s not about competition it’s about fun.”