Friday, October 3, 2014

Kiwanis Color Dash 5K is a Success!

Careful planning and excited aspirations lead to a successful Color Dash 5K for our Kiwanis Rough Risers and three other Kiwanis clubs in the Cedar Valley area. This was our second annual Color Dash and it engaged almost 150 participants.

What is a Color Dash? Imagine running along a Cedar Valley recreational trail on a beautiful spring day when you are attacked by some color-dust carrying crazy people wearing "Dasher Splasher" t-shirts.  Bearing buckets of pink corn starch, they artfully cast handfuls of color into your chest, on your head or down your back. Off you run from this colorful assault, only to find  another band of color-carrying crazies one kilometer down the trail.

Well, it's not quite that bad.  It's actually kind of fun as you are enveloped by poofs of color.  It is layered proof that you are accomplishing your task of running/walking/rolling or dragging 5 kilometers.  These color onslaughts are spaced in five equal spots along your 5K journey.

Who runs such a dash?  Anyone and everyone.  They range from 7 to 77 years old. They come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colors (get it?  hahahahaha).  One family fielded a five-generation team with a baby riding along with her great-great grandmother on a wheel chair being pushed by loving relatives.

This dash was a fund-raising event. The organizers found sponsors to cover the costs of the run and the registrations for the run were  split between the ColorDash company and the Kiwanis clubs that made this run a reality.  In the end, a check for $1387.48 was presented to the Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club.  This money was split between the participating clubs.  These clubs included the Waterloo Early Risers Kiwanis Club, Greater Waverly Kiwanis Club and the Waterloo Kiwanis Club.

This Color Dash event was a success in that it was fun for all, it provided another opportunity for people to engage in a health promoting event, and it raised funds for helping people all over the world - near and far.

One of the programs funded by the Color Dash 5K run was the Kiwanis Eliminate Project. This project's goal is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the world. It plans to fund the vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation and thousands of skilled staff necessary to immunize more than 100 million mothers and their future babies.
Thank you for supporting our Kiwanis Color Dash.  You are helping us make a difference in the world.

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