"An explosion of color" is how St. John Catholic School PTO President Deborah Kennedy described their first Mardi Gras March 5-K Race and Breakfast, scheduled for March 1 at the school.
This benefit event, a color run sponsored by the PTO, is open to the public.
"A color run is a run where, at every mile mark, you run through the chalk line and get a burst of colored chalk sprayed on you. That's three times within the 5-K," Kennedy said. "The colors will be green, yellow and purple. Green and yellow are our school colors, and purple adds to the festiveness."
Participants are asked to wear a white T-shirt. "The chalk dust is sprayed on your T-shirts as you run through and you end up with a beautiful rainbow T-shirt," Kennedy said of the nontoxic chalk dust spray.
"We will be handing out colorful Mardi Gras beads at the end of the race, too," she said.
Race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Runners can expect a shotgun start at 8:30.
The fun and festive untimed race will take place on the campus of St. John Catholic School, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.
The cost is $30 per runner and preregistration is encouraged.
"For that $30 runners get the colorful run, beads, and breakfast and music afterwards," Kennedy said. "And we will have T-shirts [included in the runner's fee] until they run out."
For breakfast, there will be pancakes, bananas, coffee and juice in the school cafeteria, according to Kennedy.
"We are having a deejay with fun, festive music for a party atmosphere," she said.
The race is open to all ages. Kennedy said folks can do it at their own pace. "Some will want to walk it, or walk a little, run a little. Others will go for it, full speed," she said.
Proceeds from the 5-K will benefit St. John Catholic School, supporting its tuition assistance program, funding technology updates at the school and more.
"After a long winter, the Mardi Gras March 5-K event will be a unique and healthy way to kick off the coming spring," Kennedy said. "I can't think of a better way to bring the community together for a colorful workout and a party."
For more information on the Mardi Gras March 5-K Race and Breakfast, visit http://www.5K.SJWESTschool.org or contact Ann Markulis at 410-848-0621.