Freddie Saladin – Staff Writer
Clouds of color filled the air all over Clarion University ground on Saturday, April 22, as it was finally time to participate in the long-awaited Pigments for PAWS Color Run.
Students, non-students, children and even dogs ran colorfully throughout the university campus.
Over 50 people of all ages gathered with friends, family and pets as they prepared to break a sweat and get colorful on a cool Saturday afternoon.
Hosted by the Student Honors Association, the 5K color run raised funds for Clarion PAWS, the Pet Adoption and Welfare Society. Not only was it successful in ultimately raising over $1,000, but everyone who involved had a blast.
The runners started in Reinhard Villages and followed a route all the way up Greenville Ave. Three color stations were held all over campus where runners could shake colored powder all over themselves. They then continued running a loop all the way back to their starting point in Reinhard.
Although it was not a competition, Clarion freshman and first-time color runner Matthew Hedderman was the very first to cross the finish line after about 15 minutes, almost entirely covered in different varieties of vibrant, colored powder.
After everyone crossed the finish line, healthy snacks such as apples, oranges, bananas and water were provided to everyone to help rejuvinate the runners. Laughter and cheers filled the marked finish line as people celebrated their successful run. Groups gathered for photos while colorful bodies launched in the air from each participant.
Student Honors Association President Eric Zavinski also ran and was impressed with the turnout of the event.
“The process has been kind of a year in the making with planning and everything. There’s been a lot of stress and we didn’t know if it was going to happen at many points. But now that it’s happened, we seem to have more than our projected goal of people being here, which also means more money for PAWS,” said Zavinski.
For many people including Zavinski, this was their first time participating in a color run.
“I’ve heard of color runs, so that’s also one of the reasons why we wanted to do the color run. We thought it’d be a cool idea, so yeah, going through the color was like a new experience,” said Zavinski.
Clarion University freshman Abbie Davidson enjoyed her time running and supporting the Clarion PAWS cat shelter.
“I loved it, it was a lot of fun. I wish there were more color stations and the colors were more vibrant but overall, I loved it! I would love to do it again,” said Davidson.
This was Clarion’s very first student-organized color run. Zavinski and the rest of SHA hope to make this an annual event in Clarion. After such a successful and enjoyable event, people will certainly be returning for more.