GREENVILLE — Color Blaze 5K was a big success as all ages came in white and went home brightly colored after an untimed 5K race at the Darke County Fairgrounds.
“Color Blaze 5K is a fund 5K series based out of Lima, Ohio, that we take all over the nation,” Color Blaze 5K CEO Brad Gossard said. “When we got the call to come to Greenville to support Dayton Children’s Hospital, we couldn’t say no.
“We partnered with Marching Miles Credit Unions, and they support all the Children’s Hospitals in the state of Ohio,” Gossard said. “We have done one in all the major cities.
“Marching Miles provides the volunteers, and Color Blaze 5K provides the fun and run with a portion of all the proceeds going back to the hospital,” Gossard added.
Prior to the race, participants gathered around the large gazebo at the entrance to the fairgrounds where colored “chalk” filled the air as race participants threw packets of chalk at one another.
Color Blaze 5K, the world’s largest manufacturer of colored corn starch, was very visible before, during and after the Greenville 5K race.
“A lot of colored chalk,” Gossard said. “It’s just a fun way to get people involved in fitness … get the whole family out here. Just a cheap family fun thing, just to have a good time.
“It’s actually a food grade colored corn starch, totally edible, totally safe,” Gossard said of the colored chalk. “They could eat the stuff, so gum it up and swallow it.”
Tyler Runner of Ansonia was the first to cross the finish line in the 5K race.
“It was a nice run … I enjoyed it,” Runner said. “It was for a very good cause. I liked that.”
Each runner received a free T-shirt and a color packet used in the event.