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Color Run for a cure
by Julie Herrmann
Aug 18, 2014 | 145 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers toss pink powder onto a runner at one of the checkpoints during the Splash of Kodiak race on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Volunteers toss pink powder onto a runner at one of the checkpoints during the Splash of Kodiak race on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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Runners received extra helpings of powder as they crossed the finish line. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Runners received extra helpings of powder as they crossed the finish line. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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At the end of the race, the runners threw the last few packets of powder into the air and onto each other. (Julie Herrmann photo)
At the end of the race, the runners threw the last few packets of powder into the air and onto each other. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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Color runners get sprayed with pink powder at the first checkpoint in the Splash of Kodiak race on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Color runners get sprayed with pink powder at the first checkpoint in the Splash of Kodiak race on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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A bit of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of over 100 runners who came out for Splash of Kodiak, a colored powder-filled 5-kilometer run to support Relay for Life.

Relay for Life, the 24-hour walk to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, was last month, but fundraising for it doesn’t end until this month.

“I thought it was a lot of fun,” said Melissa Longgood, who ran pushing her kids in a stroller. “It’s a great event to get the community together for a good fundraiser and cause.”

Longgood participated last year as well, and thought it had improved.

“It was more organized there was a lot more color and it was fun to have a different location than normal,” Longgood said.

Several checkpoints were set up along the route that took runners in a loop from the Womens Bay Fire Department along Middle Bay Road and then looping back on Bells Flats Road.

Each checkpoint had volunteers with a bucket of colored powder that was squirted from restaurant-style condiment bottles or tossed from water bottles and paper cups. No runner escaped unscathed.

This is the second annual Splash of Kodiak, and organizer Angela Graham plans to continue it next year.

“Even with the rain, we had a great turnout,” Graham said. “People like this route better, there were no hills and no bugs. It’s a blast and we make lots of good money.”

The race is similar to the Color Run, which is popular throughout the U.S.

The difference is that Splash of Kodiak donates the entire proceeds to the American Cancer Society, the beneficiary of Relay for Life.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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