Money goes to Children’s Miracle Network
By Stephanie Butzer
The cross-country course on Elon University’s South Campus is stained various colors. The next rainstorm will wash it away, but for now it holds the remnants of the first ever Elon Color Run, hosted by Elonthon and Campus Recreation.
The runners ran a 2K through the cross-country course. They passed through different stations with varying colors – red, yellow, pink, purple.
“Running normally isn’t really fun but this was a lot of fun,” Julian Beck, a first-year, said. “It motivated you to keep running instead of walking and that pumped us up. It didn’t feel so hard like normal running.”
Runners could pay $10 to run or $15 to run and buy a shirt. This money went straight to Children’s Miracle Network. More than 800 people signed up to participate, with heavy first-year involvement.
As they came into the finish, their faces were blotched various colors, mixing in with sweat that dripped off their foreheads.
Competition was not nearly as prominent as it is in the yearly Turkey Trot 5K. Many people ran in groups and focused on finishing the 2K with the most color.
Many students said they would participate in the run if they held it next year.
“It was a lot of fun,” Justin Mauersberg , first-year, said. “Very colorful.”