Saint Charles 5K color run

Pictured left to right: Raegan Honeyman, Lucy Heyen, Landyn Gerbig, Maren Gaebe, Adyson Gerbig and Kennedy Senn. (Photo by Connie Gaebe)

This year’s color run was more about family fun and promoting all age groups coming together and enjoying a night together.

Staff Report

More than 125 individuals participated in the 4th annual color run, which was held Friday, July 27. Families could run, walk or bike the 5K, which began at James Field. There was a fee of $5, which was designed to make it affordable for all families. There was also a bake sale, which was held in conjunction with the color run.

Barbi Narum, event director and organizer of the St. Charles Catholic Youth program, said the event was a success, making approximately $1,200. The money raised was used to help defray the cost of the students who attended the Steubenville Youth Conference, which was held in St. Paul.

The idea of the color run in Bowman came about four years ago when rasing funds for a church pilgrimage to Rome.

“The first year we had it, it was huge,” Narum said. “I remember Fr. David laughing at me when we came up with the idea.”

Narum decided to proceed with the idea anyways.

“When we profited almost $7,000 that first year, (David) told me he would never doubt me again,” Narum said. “Because the color run was viewed as such a great event, the community wanted it to return.

“We want to thank the community for all of their support. We had Thrivent Action seed money we used for our expenses, all the businesses who donated prizes, the volunteers who graciously help at these events and all the participants who came out and supported the event. Anyone who organizes fundraisers know how many people we applaud.”