Augusta holds area's first Color Run

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Thousands of runners and walkers clad in clean white T-shirts, some wearing colorful wigs or tutus, poured onto Telfair Street on Saturday morning for Augusta’s first Color Run.

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Runners celebrate near the finish line in a colored powder dance party during the Color Run in Augusta on Saturday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Runners celebrate near the finish line in a colored powder dance party during the Color Run in Augusta on Saturday.

Released in groups of a couple hundred at a time, participants wound through downtown to dance music and DJs. Volunteers threw colored cornstarch at them as they reached each kilometer, with each “zone” represented by a different color.

About a half-hour later, the first runner, smeared in orange and blue, ran through the finish line and into the courtyard at the Old Richmond Academy. Carl White­head accepted congratulations extended over the loudspeaker, along with a cold bottle of water.

While he was the first to cross the finish line, there were no winners or losers as the race wasn’t timed.

“It was tough,” said the Academy of Richmond Coun­ty senior. “I usually do cross country with school. It was a little easier than that.”

Billed the Happiest 5K on the Planet, the race ended with a festival and dance party. Every 15 minutes, the air over the dance area erupted in a rainbow of colors, as the DJ directed participants to throw more color.

Anna Stamper’s white tank-top, black athletic shorts and blond hair were covered in orange and pink. Though the “paint” is dry, it sticks to you because you are sweating, she said.

She runs as many local races as possible and occasionally travels for half-marathons, but Stamper said the Co­lor Run isn’t for serious runners.

“They walk and dance and play,” she said.

The Color Run was the first 5K that Meg Borquez and Su­zanne Schuman have run. They trained for it for a couple of months.

“We just wanted to run. We didn’t want to walk it,” Schuman said.

They plan to run more 5Ks now that they accomplished their goal, they said.

Peter Shaw said running through downtown Augusta gave him the opportunity to see it a little differently.

“It’s a neat thing to see everybody out and having fun,” he said.

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countyman 10/06/13 - 12:58 am
Beautiful people & weather

I'm glad everybody had tons of fun in beautiful downtown Augusta. The best part was the diversity of the event today. People from all walks of life came out to participate.

This type of cultural experience can't happen in the suburbs. Augusta will reach it's full potential when the majority of people realize the CBD is the heart of the CSRA.

People who are new to the area or thinking about moving here love this type of thing.

The city finding sponsors to hold additional events at the common, amphitheater, etc shouldn't be that hard.

mosovich 10/06/13 - 08:39 am

great event where everyone was having a good time.. No matter if you were black or white, everyone was having fun TOGETHER as ONE..

nocnoc 10/06/13 - 08:51 am
Love it

Augusta having fun.

But there will more to this story... wait.

countyman 10/06/13 - 01:04 pm
Excitement in October

I didn't see one unhappy face in the entire crowd.

Pops 10/06/13 - 07:09 pm
Sounds like

a lot of fun.

AutumnLeaves 10/06/13 - 10:57 pm
I hesitated to go, but I went

I hesitated to go, but I went to take photos of people I know (adults) that were running. I knew enough about my own breathing not to get too close to the cornstarch "paints", but why would anyone bring infants, pre-schoolers or pets into that? They don't know about closing their eyes and holding their mouths shut or holding their breath. It looked like everyone was having fun, and I know cornstarch isn't a toxic substance, but I am not willing to take the chance with my health or the health of anyone I am responsible for, young people or pets. At the least, I think it should be limited to 18 and up.

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