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Baltimore's Color Run has been rescheduled

There's no need to be blue -- or for that matter, cobalt, sapphire, periwinkle or turquoise.

One of the city's most vibrant events, the 2016 Baltimore Color Run, has been rescheduled from Saturday until Aug. 13.

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Organizers announced on the run's website that the untimed, 5K family event created in 2011 to promote fun through fitness was being pushed back for nearly three months due to "extenuating circumstances surrounding legal proceedings in the city and an overwhelming strain on the police force."

Some observers read that statement as implying that the department is being overtaxed by the ongoing trial of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero in connection with the death last year of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

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Not so fast, writes T.J. Smith, the police department's director of media relations.

In an email to the Sun's Kevin Rector, Smith noted that the Color Run's original permit at Camden Yards was scheduled for the same day as the 2016 Preakness -- another annual athletic festival that typically attracts a large turnout.

In contrast, a verdict in Nero's trial isn't expected until Monday.

"The Color Run made the decision on their own to reschedule their event," Smith wrote. "The decision was not made because of any legal proceedings."

Later Wednesday, the wording on the Color Run website said merely that the event was being rescheduled "due to extenuating circumstances."

Participants in the Color Run are encouraged to wear white. As runners reach each kilometer, vivid plumes of amber, orange, lavender and scarlet are released into the air, with much of the color settling on the participants.

The postponement may well have a silver lining, since Saturday's forecast calls for half of an inch of rain.

On the other hand, if Baltimore is in the middle of a heat streak on Aug. 13, the event could become more of a Color Amble.

mary.mccauley@baltsun.com

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