Color Me Fearless

Runners of all ages take off in last year’s colorful event.

This weekend, Hailey will once again play host to the annual Girls on the Run “Color Me Fearless” 5k fun run.

For those who still need to sign up, “last minute registration” will remain open until Friday, May 31, with prices at $32 for adults and $18 for children and seniors.

Those who really want to stretch the definition of “last minute” can sign up on June 1, the day of the race, though fees will rise by $4 in each price division.

The Girls on the Run 5k fun run has remained a fixture of Hailey’s early summer calendar since the local chapter’s foundation in 2003.

Just a few years ago, Girls on the Run rebranded the 5k as the Color Me Fearless run. Participants enter the race amid clouds of vibrant, colorful paint powder (in this case a harmless, biodegradable food-colored corn starch).

“We made it a color run just to increase the fun element,” said Mary Fauth, director of the Southern Idaho Girls on the Run.

She noted that color dispersers are careful to aim below the neck, so as not to inhibit anyone’s respiration.

The run will begin in Hop Porter Park on Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. A post-run celebration will kick off an hour later back at the park, where runners can enjoy a KB’s lunch, play around in the Bubble Ball or in the bouncy house, peruse various vendors and rock out to live music by local band Haywire Hopefuls.

“What a happy day the Color Me Fearless 5k is in Hailey,” Fauth said. “Not only are there many girls crossing the finish line for the first time, the community that joins is full of smiles and exuberance in this noncompetitive event.”

The day before the run, on Friday, May 31, from 3-7 p.m., participants can enjoy a barbecue and registration party at KB’s in Hailey, with free food on the menu at 5 p.m.

“It’s one of our biggest and most important fundraisers,” said Fauth, noting community sponsors and extolling the organization’s many supportive volunteers.

“It’s so encouraging to our program participants to see such large numbers of our local and regional community come out from what is to be their season-ending running event,” she said. “The race is drawing participants not only from the Wood River Valley, but also from Twin Falls, Gooding and more.”

Local companies are getting involved, too, this year.

“Some of our sponsors enter teams of five and compete for the Best Spirit award,” she said. Teams with the best costumes, chants and general enthusiasm compete for the ultimate prize: a year’s membership at Gravity Fitness for each teammate

Girls on the Run is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering healthiness and happiness in girls through exercise, camps, activities and general positive encouragement. In that time, the group has worked with more than 1 million girls.

The Wood River Valley chapter obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status 16 years ago and has operated as an independent council ever since, serving more than 2,000 girls in the valley during that time.

Visit gotrsouthernidaho.org to learn more, register online for the run, sign up as a volunteer or make a donation.

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