More than 500 people blasted with color at 2017 Color Run (from our print edition)


PELHAM MANOR — The third annual Color Run brought a thrill of excitement to town on May 21.

The Color Run is a two-and-a-half mile run or walk where every half mile volunteers throw powdered color at all the runners. The colors include red, blue, orange, yellow, green and pink. The powder is made up of cornstarch and food dye.

Runner Waverly Nanda said, “Last year I did the run, and it was a lot of fun. At the end of the run, I was drenched in color and my mouth was filled with pink powder. I am looking forward to running it again next year.”

The Color Run was started by Project Community. Every year, the money raised by the event is put to different important causes. This year, some of the money raised will be donated to help people with disabilities to support their needs, including through Project CHILDD (Community Help In Learning about Developmental Disabilities), which serves children with developmental disabilities and their families.

After the Color Run, in the playground of Siwanoy School, there were multiple stands. There was a water station, cell phone wallets with information on “Do’s and Don’t’s” if you find a friend with alcohol poisoning, sweat bands, jewelry for sale and a live band the Dos Decadas. Nancy, a popular ice-cream seller in Pelham, was at the event cheering the runners on.

Lucy, another runner, said, “Last year, I did the run, and my favorite part was when you’re running, you get blasted with color. I am looking forward to doing it again this year.”

Each runner was given four hours to complete the run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“In the end, when we all ran into Siwanoy, there was a live band and lots of ice cream,” said Charlotte. “The run was tiring, but I just wanted to finish the run because I knew I was doing something good for others. Running into Siwanoy, I felt very accomplished. I did feel like the run was shorter than last year, but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was very cute how lots of dogs ran the Color Run and came out looking like punk rockers.”