Whirlwind of Color run to be held Saturday
by Lori Tippets
Jacksonville will take on a lot more color this weekend as the Whirlwind of Color run sponsored by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce will start and end at the Jacksonville Community Center.

The theme of the run, according to race director Emily Duncan, is to promote health and to remember the individuals that responded to the tornadoes in the storm of 2011.

“Just seeing how everyone came together; they dropped everything and responded. We want to celebrate this response and effort,” said Duncan.

The run, and Duncan stresses that it is a run not a race as people are welcome to walk as it is not a timed event, draws its attraction from the fact that every half mile the participants have a corn starch based powder thrown on them so that by the time they reach the finish line they are awash in color.

Duncan commented that Jacksonville was chosen to host the event because of its proximity to Pleasant Valley where most of the damage occurred.

“Janis Burns, Director of the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department, was very excited about it,” said Duncan. “She has been heaven-sent in helping us get ready for this. Also the mayor and his staff have given us their 110 percent support.”

The last day to register is today. Applicants can register online at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce website or go to the Chamber of Commerce in person.

It is suggested that runners wear white or light clothes and also sunglasses.

When the run is finished vinegar can be sprayed on the colors and then ironed to keep the colors in place.

Money generated from the event will go to the organizations that responded to the storm.

Packet pick-up will take place at the Chamber of Commerce from 8-11 am on Friday and at the Jacksonville Community Center from 7-7:45 on Saturday.
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