Thousands participate in Color Me Rad 5k - - Jackson, MS

Thousands participate in Color Me Rad 5k

Our Jewell Hillery with Color Me Rad participants Our Jewell Hillery with Color Me Rad participants
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hundreds of you participated in some races with a twist earlier Saturday.

Rainbow colored corn starch and good ol' mud turned parts of Jackson and Clinton into a colorful and adventurous workout.

Color runs are becoming popular all across the country.

"It's pretty awesome because it's really fun," said sixth grader Bryanna McGuire.

"It's been pretty exciting going through all the colors and getting rainbowed," said McGuires best friend Mia Marble.

On Saturday morning McGuire and Marble were in Fondren with thousands of runner and walkers who filled the streets for the "Color Me Rad 5K."

"If you are afraid of getting dirty you shouldn't do color runs," said participant Tiffani Bessonette.

The Color Me Rad 5K is a pretty simple concept. Corn starch is dyed and blasted into the crowd.

"We have five color stations set around the course and each one is a different color," said Course Manager Matt Harding.

More than 6,000 people were color bombed. Through their participation money was raised for the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. Angela Cossar's nephew was treated there so she knows firsthand how important it is to give back.

"He spent about three months at Blair Batson and they really took good care of him," said Cossar.

The Color Me Rad 5K is not the only place in town where people came to get a little dirty and messy for a good cause.


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