HOUSTON – It was hot, but who cared?
Houston held its first Color Run Saturday morning with the community showing up to donate a portion of their entry fee to eight regional charities.
“I felt things went well,” said Will Montgomery, event organizer. “We had good participation and it was all about the charities. We had a lot of fun, too.”
Color for a Cause got underway at Joe Brigance Park with registration at 7:30 a.m., and runners choosing to race a short route or the “Long Haul” where they were dusted with colors as they raise money for area organizations.
“This was the first time I had ever done anything like this,” said Mary Kansas Sullivan, of Houston. “It was fun to get out with my friend and do something like this. I gave my donation to First Baptist (Church of Houston Free Clinic).”
Event organizers estimated more than 300 people took part in Saturday race.
“The goal was to raise money for local charities and to get people to come to Houston for this event,” said Montgomery. “I think we did that.”
Vendors served food and there was music at the event, too.
The registration cost was $40 for the family-oriented event with kids 12-and-under running free.
Charities taking part in Saturday’s Color Run and the checks they received were:
- Yocona Area Council – Boy Scouts of America, $19.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of North MS, $27.
- Okolona Dollars for Scholars, $53.
- Heart of the South Council – Girl Scouts, $82.
- Relay for Life – MidSouth Division, $411.
- Chickasaw County 4-H, $457.
- Palmer Home for Children, $584.
- Houston Free Clinic and Dr. Victor Horn, $765.
“We also had a number of people donate specifically to a charity,” said Montgomery. “Trace Regional gave a check for $200 directly to the Free Clinic through this event.”
Montgomery thanked the Chickasaw Development Foundation, City of Houston and most of all the Color Runners.
“I also want to thank the 15-plus volunteers who worked on this for more than two months,” said Montgomery. “This was a very diverse group of volunteers with a lot of different talents. They worked to make this happen for Houston.”
For more information about Color For A Cause, contact Montgomery at 662-507-1515 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.