60 turn out in support of Color Run

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Sixty runners turned up at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 to contribute to the “Do Better. Be Better,” non-profit charity group, and run the colorful 5k at Pfeiffer Park.

The “Do Better Be Better” charity was made by PE teacher Jamie Smith after she suffered two strokes and had undergone a major brain operation. In her own experience, she said she wished to help other families who have had similar traumatic experiences.

School counselor Erin Gardner also participated in the the event. “Jamie uses the money to give back to a family who is, or who has been in a crisis. The 5k proceeds go to a student at CF or Dunkerton who has submitted an essay on a hardship they have gone through.”

The Color Run has been going on since 2014, and according to Gardner, the committee is never lacking volunteers, including many students.

“I enjoy helping others and doing as much as I can for the community, and this is a great opportunity to do so. The atmosphere is always positive, and people love seeing that,” senior Makenzie Nichols said.

Since the volunteers create such a positive vibe, the race has a reputation for a fun, family atmosphere.

“Everyone was so encouraging, and throwing the color in the air at the finish line was so rewarding. I would definitely consider doing it again,” sophomore Rachel Dailey said.

Dailey’s favorite part, throwing color in the air, is a tradition the participants have always done, and is a way to say “well done” to the runners.

Sophomore Sam Linck said he also immensely enjoyed the “color bomb,” but was even more encouraged by the results of the run. “I loved everyone throwing color and encouragement my way,” he said. “It was a great cause. There is nothing better than coming together to help people in need. I would definitely do it again.”

For those who would like to give to this cause, contact Smith. Her email is jamie.smith@cfschools.org.

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