Color-coated 5K in Duluth brings out thousands for fun fundraiser

By KBJR News 1

May 18, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - In most cases, runners getting pelted with handfuls upon handfuls of colorful powders in the middle of a 5K doesn't necessarily sound like a good time.

But if you were in Canal Park Sunday morning, the laughs coming from the 2,000 or so participants running in the Color Dash 5K could've fooled anyone.

The non–competitive race doubles as a fun fundraiser for Amberwing in Duluth, which offers mental health services for families and teens.

Racers donning white tees are doused with fistfuls of naturally–colored cornstarch powder at checkpoints throughout the race.

"Man, this sure is a blast," laughed color thrower Sara Fredrickson as she pelted runners, 'but I don't think I could ever have enough color here."

"I'm thinking I've got a strange taste in my mouth," said fellow thrower Liz Munson.

Organizers say they're hopeful they reached their expectation of 30,000 raised for Amberwing.

Billy Wagness