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February 28, 2014

4-H color runs to take place beginning in March

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - 4-H members across Indiana will participate in color runs in all of their green glory beginning in March to support their programs and local food pantries.

So what's a color run? They are races in which participants are sprinkled with biodegradable colored powder along the track, dying white clothing. The theme of the runs will be "Color Me Green" to match the color of the 4-H emblem. Runners will be sprinkled only with green dye.

The runs are for fun only - they will be untimed, with no winners or prizes. On the days of the races, participants can share their experience on social media by using the hashtag of #colormegreen. 

Steve McKinley, Purdue Extension 4-H specialist, said the color run is a response to the national 4-H healthy-living initiative promoting physical and mental health.

"The initiative is really trying to heighten awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthy eating at 4-H club meetings and events," McKinley said. "The Color Me Green runs will be a fun way to promote this."

The runs will be held in the following counties on these dates: Blackford, April 5; Dubois, March 22; Floyd, April 26; Gibson, March 22; Greene, March 8; Jackson, March 16; Johnson, March 13; Posey, March 8; Shelby, April 19; Vanderburgh, March 1; Vigo, March 3; Wabash, March 29; Warren, March 17; Warrick, March 15. Additional dates will be posted on the event website as they become available.

Some counties will require a registration fee of $5, and others will ask for donations of canned food. Information on the runs in specific counties can be found at https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/Pages/colormegreen.aspx.

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402, jsstewar@purdue.edu

Source: Steve McKinley, 765-494-8435, mckinles@purdue.edu

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