LIMA — A blaze of color will hit the Allen County Fairgrounds on Saturday when just over 2,000 racers take part in Color Blaze 5K, a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.
“We’re counting this as a sell-out. It’s the largest 5K the Lima area has ever had,” said Brad Gossard, organizer of the event. However, there are still plenty of bleacher seats available for anyone who wants to enjoy the spectacle.
“This is a different race,” Gossard said of the 3.1-mile course around the fairground. “Every mile, people get a blast with waves of color, and it all ends in a tie-dye mess,” he said.
Participants begin the race in white. The colored corn starch dye is then added throughout the race.
“People begin as a blank canvas and end up as a Picasso work of art,” he said.
Gossard added, “Every mile people get blasted with waves of color."
Truth be told, the “race” really isn’t to see who crosses the finish line first as much as it is something to bring families together for a fun day.
“We have activities going on with Hula hoops. We have a dance-off, we have a water balloon fight with the balloons filled with colored water. We have a DJ and attractions. Also, there are door prizes and giveaways,” he said.
Spectators are invited to cheer on the racers, and if they have family racing be part of the Blaze Zone, where the color shoots out. They can also browse the vendors who will be open throughout the fairgrounds.