The second annual Color Dash 5K will paint people in a band of color.
The walk and run Saturday will be held in downtown Philipsburg, a change of scenery from 2015’s inaugural 5K at the Mid-State Regional Airport. The colorful event will begin at 11 a.m., though participants should arrive about an hour early.
“It’s more of a fun run where you’re not pressed for time,” YMCA Moshannon Valley branch Program Director Whitney Ferguson said. “Everyone can relax and enjoy the experience and have color thrown at you. We wanted it downtown to have everyone involved and to promote Philipsburg.”
The Color Dash 5K is set up to give back to the community, according to senior race coordinator Tony Wissbroecker, who said 50 percent of proceeds will go to the YMCA. The money — about $5,500 was raised last year — will go to the summer lunch and backpack program, which has served more than 150,000 free meals during summers since 2004.
“The local YMCA does great things for the community, so of course we’d like to help them,” Wissbroecker said. “We do that, because we enjoy helping people, and we know people still want to help others in their communities.”
About 300 people participated in last year’s Color Dash 5K, and organizers believe they will have more Saturday.
“We are just a hair under that today, so we’re hopeful we’ll get over 300,” Wissbroecker said. “It’s always fun to hang with friends and family, and not everyone has done stuff like this. We hope a lot of people come out to make memories.”
Pre-5K registration can be done online at www.raceit.com/Register/groups/default.aspx?newgroup=true&event=37279.
Philipsburg Revitalization Corp. Executive Director Dana Shoemaker is excited about the exposure the race will give the borough.
“One (reason) is that as many community activities that can be held in the downtown, should in fact be downtown as long as the venue works for the event,” she said. “Second is that any opportunity that the property owners and stakeholders in the historic downtown get a chance to welcome visitors and customers downtown is a win for the historic and commercial district. We applaud the consideration made by (YMCA branch director) Mel Curtis and his team.”