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Cloud of Color run, held at Clarkstown North High School to benefit Hospice and Grad Night

BY CHLOE ALBERT

This was the second annual run, led by Ellen Lehner, Geanette Katz, Jan Klein and Tracie Koppel. Last year the event raised approximately $14000 and this year the event made about $1200; the proceeds will be split evenly between Hospice and Grad Night. The race was held on Sunday, May 15th and check in was 9am. The event was $25 if you registered before hand and $30 for walk in registration.

There was a dj to get everyone pumped up for the run, a face painting table held by North students, Nikki Askenas and Lexi Streitman, and raffles from 53 local companies; Rocco’s, Twist & Shake, Body Bank Fitness and Tme Nails, to name a few. The run started at 10am, was 2 miles and included 5 color stations; at these stations, volunteers threw colored cornstarch at the runners to create ‘a cloud of color’ and stain the white shirts that were provided to the runners before the race. By the end of the 2 miles, runners were covered in pink, yellow, green, purple and blue powder, leaving runners looking tie tied.

Once runners passed the finish line water bottles, bananas, frozen yogurt from 16 Handles and bagels from Goldberg’s were available for runners to refuel. The runners were also handed color packets, which were then used to create a huge cloud of color. Everyone then gathered on the track, opened their packets, and threw the colored powder into the air at the same time. Volunteers also shot extra color out of mini color cannons.

 Friends and family members had a blast attacking each other with every color power possible. Runner, Jill Teitelbaum, said “The color run was so much fun, and it was so great knowing that we were running for two great causes. I can’t wait to participate in it again next year”. The run was a great time for both, runners and volunteers. Although volunteers didn’t get to run the course, they joined in on the post run, cloud of color festivities.