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Media Contact: Melissa Baker, DYEHARD5K@yahoo.com, 937-346-0736
CLARK COUNTY, OHIO: Registration is open for the DYE HARD 5K on Sunday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield. The Dye Hard 5K is a race in which participants get showered with safe, eco-friendly, colored powder while running or walking the route. Plaques will be awarded for the overall top finishers, and medals will be given to the winners of each age group. Over 1,200 participants and 200 volunteers are expected to participate this year in the event. Proceeds benefit the Developmental Disabilities Endowment Fund of the Springfield Foundation, a 501c3 organization. People with developmental disabilities participate in the Dye Hard 5K by walking and running, and by throwing color on the participants.
“The purpose of the Dye Hard 5K is to raise awareness, friends, and funds,” said race coordinator Melissa Baker. “This event is for people of all abilities to enjoy, while giving our community the opportunity show they care about people who have a disability. Dye Hard 5K participants show their support for our most vulnerable citizens.”
“It’s a race and there are medals for the winners, but a lot of people come and walk it just to have fun and play in the color,“ said Baker. “We have ten color stations, all with different colors, plus lots of fun things planned, including a DJ to ramp up the party, food trucks, and a photo booth. Plus at the start of the race everyone lines up for a color throw, which fills the sky with a rainbow of colors.”
Register for $30 before March 31 to save $10 on the cost. The price increases to $35 April 1 through 19, and goes up again April 20 through race day, when registration is $40. Groups of six or more can get a $6 discount per person. “Sign up before April 19 for a free shirt, color packet and swag bag,” said Baker. The public can register for the race and get more information at tiny.cc/dh5k.
PHOTOS CAPTION: Participants in last year’s DYE HARD 5K had a great time raising fun and friends for people with disabilities. Photo Credit: Andy Grimm