- Published on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:31
- Written by Josh James
More than 2,000 runners came out to participate in the first ever Color Me Cape 5K held in downtown Cape Girardeau on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
To accommodate the 2,000 participants, runners and walkers were split into groups and followed a staggered start. Groups began the colorful expedition at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. The 5K started and ended at Bel Air Grill, with runners journeying as far south as Morgan Oak Street and as far north as Washington Avenue. The course took runners by popular Cape landmarks such as the Isle of Capri Casino and the River Heritage Museum.
What differentiated this 5K from most is—as the name suggests—the color. Throughout the 3.1 mile course, there were six different color stations: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Each color stop was worked by a team of volunteers. Together nearly 100 volunteers covered runners and walkers with the various colored powders, creating a tie dye-like effect on the runners white shirts by the time they have crossed the finish line.
The color stations were staffed by volunteers from Relay For Life of St. Francis Medical Center, the senior class of Cape Central High School, Kappa Delta Pi honor society, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, and the Southeast Missouri State University Cheerleaders. The Color Me Cape 5K Facebook Page is currently holding a contest to benefit the volunteers. Each of the six color station volunteer groups is represented by a photo on the page, and the photo with the most likes by Friday, April 18th will win a cash prize.
For avid runners, a 5K is an opportunity to measure progress in training or make an attempt at a new personal record. While runners were still able to do so in Color Me Cape, the event focused on having fun through healthy activity. The 5K was not officially timed, but runners were more than welcome to use their own watches to record their times.
Color Me Cape proved to be a fun opportunity for those who have never participated in a 5K before, such as Jill Cowell-Long of Marble Hill, MO. “I have wanted to do the color run in St. Louis for some time,” she explained. “When we heard something similar was coming to Cape, we jumped onboard with it!” Cowell-Long ran the 5K with many of her relatives, including her two sons. “We thought it would be a great experience for the kids to join in and do something with the community.”
In order to make things move more smoothly Saturday, runners were able to pick up their pre-registration packets and t-shirts at Missouri Running Company Thursday night and Friday morning. More than 800 of the race participants showed up to the Missouri Running Company store Thursday to pick up their race materials.
Given the success the race had this year, many are hoping to see the streets of Cape filled with color again in 2015!
(A portion of the proceeds from Color Me Cape will benefit numerous not-for-profit organizations, including Safe House for Women, the Howard Aslinger Foundation, and Discovery Playhouse.)