Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Thousands Get Colorful for Women’s Health
The Color Run recently brought fun and happiness to Amarillo while raising money for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.
Written by Mark Hendricks
Participants were doused with color at each kilometer.
More than 10,000 area runners and walkers made Amarillo a more colorful city when they gathered at Medi-Park for The Color Run™.
The Color Run™, known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet, debuted in January 2012 in Phoenix as the country’s first paint race and has grown to be the largest event series in the nation. Travis Snyder, who began creating running events 10 years ago, founded The Color Run™ to create a nonthreatening running environment where professional and novice runners could come together and enjoy the purity of the sport.
The un-timed race featured a color station at each kilometer where participants were doused with colored powder before advancing to the next color station.
In 2012, more than 600,000 people participated in The Color Run™ 5k tour in 50 U.S. cities and three international cities. This year, The Color Run™ organizers have plans to expand the event to include more than a million participants in more than 100 U.S. cities and 30 countries.
A portion of all proceeds from each event is donated to a charity within the host community. A portion of proceeds from the Amarillo event will go to the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.
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Story produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing, (806) 743-2143.
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health
Established in 2007, the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health (LWBIWH) provides women's health education, research and outreach in Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, San Angelo and the Permian Basin.
The institute has brought together the expertise of many TTUHSC entities including the schools of Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, Pharmacy and Nursing.