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Fun run promises colorful weekend in Steamboat Springs.

Color flies high last fall at the second annual Steamboat Color Fun Run at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event drew hundreds of runners. They came head-to-toe in white and left head-to-toe covered in a rainbow. The event wrapped up with the runners gathering to toss packets of the color — colored corn starch — into the air, making a huge colored cloud.





Color flies high last fall at the second annual Steamboat Color Fun Run at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event drew hundreds of runners. They came head-to-toe in white and left head-to-toe covered in a rainbow. The event wrapped up with the runners gathering to toss packets of the color — colored corn starch — into the air, making a huge colored cloud.
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— Many of the fall colors have disappeared from the scenery in the recent days, but an event planned for this Saturday promises to bring a splash of color to the Steamboat Springs landscape.

The fourth annual Color Fun Run will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in the fields adjacent to Bald Eagle Lake. Participants should wear white but will resemble a rainbow by the time the event comes to a close.

"The main thing to remember is to just have fun and enjoy it," event organizer Todd Gollnick said in an email. "This is a chance for folks to get out and enjoy what could be one of the last really nice forecast days of weather before the snow starts to fly."

The premise of the color run, for those who have not been exposed to it, is simple. Participants wear white and at certain distances throughout the event get splashed with different color of powder (colored corn starch) at "color stations" manned by sponsors.

The race offers two different courses to appeal to different levels of participants. There is a longer two-mile course for those who want a challenge and a shorter one-mile course. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and can chose to run or walk the course of their choice.

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"The main thing to remember is to just have fun and enjoy it," Gollnick said. "We have grandma and grandpa walking around the courses, and we have moms pushing babies in strollers. This is something that the whole family can do together, and that's one of the coolest things about it."

Parking will be available at the Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Doughty Road, which is just a short walk from the racecourses. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for participants who are in high school or younger.

Ten percent of the proceeds will go to a local charity, but Gollnick said that organization will be determined after the race.

"We will take a portion of the money that comes in and donate it to a local charity," Gollnick said. "This is just a fun way to wrap up a successful season of events for the Get Fit Family Racing organization."

Gollnick said because the event is more of a celebration than a race no times will be kept and there will be a festive atmosphere with music and fun events at the finish line.

On-site registration will take place from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. However, participants are encouraged to register prior to the race day on getfitfamilyracing.com.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966