Rend Lake College is inviting everyone to get doused in red powder and a dozen other colors at the United Way of South Central Illinois Living Color Living United 5K on Aug. 2.
This year, RLC red will be one of several new colors scattered throughout the course, with a new covering about once every quarter mile. Participants are asked to wear white for the best result at the end of the event. Lynn Hutchison, UWSCI community resource director, said the path will be exactly the same as last year, starting and finishing at Veterans Park in Mt. Vernon.
“We had so many positive comments about last year that we decided not to fix what isn’t broken,” Hutchison said. “We had between 700 and 800 5K participants, but there were so many people who put in a lot of hard work as volunteers who aren’t counted as participants. We’re right on track with where we were last year.”
All of the money raised by the event will go toward United Way and its annual campaign, which helps fund a number of programs in four Southern Illinois counties: Jefferson, Marion, Washington and Wayne. The areas receiving funding include education, financial stability and health of the community.
“Last year was our first year having a color run and the response was overwhelming,” said Rhonda Edmonson, United Way executive director. “We expect this year’s 5K to be even bigger and better than last year.”
The event is untimed and there are no official winners. There is no age limit to participate. Adults 13 and older can register for $30.
Children 12 years and younger can be registered for $10. All participants who register by July 19 will receive an official event T-shirt.
“We hope everyone comes out to get covered in Rend Lake College red and all the other colors at the Living Color Living United 5K,” said ReAnne Palmer, RLC public information specialist. “It’s a great way to support the United Way and the local community, all while having a blast.”
To register, visit www.uwsci.org/color or stop by the United Way office at 802 S. 42nd St., Mt. Vernon. You may call the United Way office at 242-8000.