As the runners in the United Way Speckle Your Shirt 5K Run/Walk chugged across the finish line Saturday in Memorial Park, they were doused with red, yellow and blue sprinkles.
This first-annual color run was co-sponsored by the McPherson Family YMCA and was a fundraiser for the United Way. The amount raised is still being calculated and will be announced later in the week.
The participants in the race were asked to wear white or light-colored clothing. As the runners passed certain points in the race, volunteers threw cups of colored powder on the runners' shirts.
One-hundred twenty-five runners participated in the race.
“It is a good way to give back and keep healthy,” said Emilea Harlin of McPherson.
Chaunzey Pavlovich of McPherson said the run was a good, healthy activity to do with friends.
Chandler Short, a McPherson College student from Edgewood, Texas, and Bailey Brown, a McPherson College student from Beloit, both had never run in a color run and decided to sign up for the United Way event.
“It was a lot of fun,” Brown said as she poured colored powder and water over Short's shirt.