FUN RUNS: From color showers, foam or mud to zombies, glow-stick lit darkness, and army-style endurance obstacle courses, these extreme races deliver family-friendly fitness
Though they were covered head to toe in rainbow-hued cornstarch, Heather Pennington’s 4-year-old twins, Abbie and Ellie, just kept coming back for more.
“They were all about the color. They absolutely adored it,” says Pennington, an attorney with the DelCotto Law Group in Danville, which also had several other staff members who participated. Pennington didn’t mind her girls getting especially dirty that day, since it was all in the name of fitness.
The site of the color shower was Danville’s first-ever Color Bash 5K last April—just part of a growing trend of “color run” races in the state, with an assortment of fun names like Color Me Rad, Color in Motion, and Crayon Mania, in which participants are doused with colored powder at several stations over the course of the run.
For folks who are just beginning an exercise routine, or for those simply looking for another fun way to get some exercise and test their mettle with friends, themed 5Ks are a great way to get outside and get moving. These “fun runs” also often double as charity fund-raising events. In Danville, the Color Bash 5K was sponsored as a fund-raiser for Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet, a Kentucky-based charity currently in 15 counties that provides new shoes to disadvantaged children. Funds from the Danville run helped buy new shoes for students in Danville and Boyle County schools as well as the Kentucky School for the Deaf, says Lisa Burke, chair of the Boyle County Happy Feet program.
Color Bash 5K: This extreme run event helps provide new shoes for students in Danville and Boyle County schools.