Color Dash Raises Thousands For Amberwing

By KBJR News 1

August 11, 2013 Updated Aug 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- The Miller Dwan Foundation was able to raise thousands of dollars for Amberwing Sunday morning by organizing a unique and colorful 5k.

The Duluth-Superior Color Dash drew a crowd of nearly 2,500 people to Barker's Island.

The non-competitive 5k blasts clouds of color powder at participants along the course, creating a bright race.

Today's event helped raise $32,000 for Amberwing, a facility that helps kids, young adults and families dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse problems.

Organizers and racers say the event was both a fun and effective way to raise some important funds.

"We really wanted a positive, fun family friendly fundraisers for Amberwing and this is it!" said Miller Dwan President Traci Marciniak.

"It was a little concerned about breathing it in and when the first one got in the eye," said runner Lauri Hohman. "I was thankful i had my sunglasses on but it was fun and different, wondering when the next color is going to hit."

Organizers say they plan on hosting another Color Run in 2014.