Colorful people participate in Run or Dye 5K
Thousands of pieces of living art were created in a field near Middle Georgia Regional Airport on Saturday.
A huge crowd turned out for the first Run or Dye 5K race to be held in the area. Going off in waves of hundreds, runners trotted through stations where volunteers tossed colored powder at them, with each station a different color.
Its inspired by Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in which participants celebrate the renewal of spring by throwing colored powder at each other.
Run or Dye is a for-profit company that holds the races throughout the country, but partners with a local charity that gets part of the proceeds. Saturdays race benefitted Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia. In return, the organization provided volunteers for the event.
One of those was Sandy Lawrence, who was tossing yellow powder at runners at the first station.
I think its loads of fun, she said. They seem to be having a blast.
Dianna Glymph, president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, said she expected the group would get $7,000 or more out of the race.
It has been fantastic and we are very honored and pleased to see all the people come out, she said.
Organizers had expected about 3,000 runners, but instead 4,000 showed up, said Jeremy Jensen, a special operations technician for Run or Dye.
Thats really good for a city the size of Macon, he said.
He expects the race will be making a return next year.
He said the appeal of the race is that its a true fun run. Indeed, no runners seemed to trying to set a personal best time.
Its more about enjoying time with your friends and family than being competitive, Jensen said.
Runners were excited about having photos taken of themselves at the end of race, as each seemed to end up with a different pattern of color.
Ashton Haver of Warner Robins and Laura Kirby of Macon ran the race together.
It was fantastic, Kirby said. We had a really good time. We kind of got hit hard with the pink.
Thomas OMalley and Emily Clary of Warner Robins were home from college and decided to run the race together. They said they would come back if the race returns.
Just running through the paint is awesome, especially when they got my beard, OMalley said.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.