As usual, cloudy skies, rain and even snow earlier in the day doesn’t wash out enthusiasm for raising money for Morgan classrooms. When it came time for runners to gather for packet pick-up, the clouds cleared and the sun shone through for the aptly named Color Us Bright Fun Run on Oct. 2, 2017.
This low-key 3K event starts everyone out with clean white T-shirts. Seasoned participants know that sunglasses are a must in a color run unless you want to lose an eye or two, so packets also included brightly colored sunglasses, smile tattoos and of course the traditional color packs containing colored corn starch.
Bright smiles were on the faces of 400 runners ready to take the starting line. It didn’t take long before many shirts were brightly colored. Racers doused their neighbors and friends with colors while waiting for Jerry Pierce to announce the start of the race. In addition to their own color packets, throughout the short run stations sponsored by community businesses splattered runners with even more color.
Teacher teams are always a fun way for teachers to connect with their students outside of the classroom. “As a 2nd grade team in Morgan School District we love to support the Morgan Education Foundation for the Color Run,” stated Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Reese, Mrs. Tolley and Mrs. Johnson. “The MEF continually supports education by providing grants to purchase classroom materials that benefit all of our children. It has become a tradition for our 2nd grade team to attend. It allows families and friends to spend a night of fun together!”
After the run winding around the high school and Mickelson Mile was over, a colorful group gathered as the Morgan fire department gave brave participants the opportunity to have their chalk washed off with a cold blast of water from the engine parked at the event.
The Foundation raised approximately $3,400 at this year’s event. “In efforts to streamline registration, we offered an online solution through Register My Race,” stated Tiffany Allen, Morgan Education Foundation Executive Director. “This allowed us to use a third-party organization to manage the event. Our goal is to make registration easy for the participants, reduce long lines and help families pick up their t-shirts and packets quickly and efficiently.”
“The Color Run is something that we look forward to every year. This is a fun way for the foundation to connect with the community, raise funds and give back to our schools,” stated Becky Weeks, Morgan Education Foundation Committee Chair. “We enjoy seeing the community come together to support a great cause.”
The Morgan Education Foundation makes every effort to ensure lower registration fees so that whole families can participate. This is surely no easy task, which is why the foundation relies heavily on corporate sponsorships. This assures the success of that delicate balance between affordability and raising revenue for our schools.
In comparison to other color runs and festivals, the Foundation’s Color Fun Run is very affordable. It gives Morgan families the chance to take part in the latest running craze without breaking the bank, all while giving back to local schools.
This year’s raffle prizes included: a Disneyland Trip and hotel stay, generously donated by Get Away Today Vacations and two family fun baskets, filled with games, movies and treats supplied by Morgan Education Foundation members.
One-hundred percent of the registration fees directly benefit Morgan School District classrooms. It is the generous sponsorships that cover the costs for the color packets, T-shirts, advertising, prizes and other expenses associated with the Color Run.
Funds raised during the Color Run will be used to help fund classroom grants for the District’s fast-growing student population. Grant requests include items such as Chrome Book labs, iPads, document cameras, and classroom readers.
We are appreciative to our generous 2017 sponsors: Hogan Construction; Young Automotive Group; Morgan Kids Bond 2017; Advanced Machinery; Goldenwest Credit Union; Hertz; Get Away Today Vacations; 1st Bank; Timbermine Steakhouse; Karen’s Kreations; Saunders Outdoor Advertising; and, Hinds Quick Stop.
The Foundation appreciates all those who participated in the “Color Me Bright” Fun Run. They would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who made it all possible. “We invite all the community to join us next year as we support our local schools.”