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Volunteers needed for Color Run this weekend

Aug. 28, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Color Run is in need of volunteers this weekend.

With more than 2,000 participants already signed up for "the happiest 5K on the planet," the event needs about 200 volunteers to help throw paint on folks, participate in the post-run festivities at the sound stage and more, said Race Director Walter Sonntag of Salt Lake City.

The Color Run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Harris Riverfront Park. The event is a non-timed "unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community," the website says. It's hosted in conjunction with the Power of the Purse of United Way, giving participants an opportunity to contribute to the organization as they sign up.

Volunteers are positioned at different points along the downtown Huntington course and throw different colors of cornstarch on the runners as they pass by. At the end is a sound stage with a party atmosphere and "color throw" fun.

"You get the community together, and it's a hoot and a blast," he said. "You get the family together -- the kids, grandma and grandpa. It's not threatening in any way. ... If (runners) want to time themselves, they can time themselves, but it's supposed to be a fun family event without any expectation. When you time it, it makes it a little more serious."

He suggests runners and volunteers put their phones and cameras in a plastic sandwich bag.

Volunteers get a free T-shirt and pass to the post-run festivities. They should be age 16 and older and will be needed from about 7 a.m. to noon, Sonntag said. They can sign up by going to www.thecolorrun.com, clicking on "Huntington," and then clicking on "Volunteer."

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