A local nonprofit will host Forsyth’s most colorful race for the fourth year in a row.
Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together (SAFFT) of Forsyth County will host its annual Color Outside the Lines 5K on Saturday starting at the organization’s office at 219 Castleberry Road and going through the Cumming Fairgrounds. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, and the race will begin at 8 a.m.
Racers will be covered in different colored powders throughout the course, and after the race participants can take part in a final color throw.
“There’s about five to seven color stations throughout the course,” SAFFT CEO Brian Anderson said. “The volunteers will be throwing [them] on everybody, and it’s a powder color and gets all over you. Then there will be a couple of surprises in the middle of the course, and after I think when you cross the finish line there will be another color station.”
Anderson encouraged runners to wear a white shirt they don’t mind getting dirty. A clean race T-shirt will be given to runners after the race.
“Everyone who can wear white would be great because it shows up better,” he said. “The color does come out with a couple of washes, but just to be safe we ask everyone to wear a white T-shirt or something they don’t mind getting a lot of color on that may stain.”
Online registration for the race has closed, but in-person registrations can be done on Saturday morning. Anderson said the race, which will have a new route this year, has something for everyone and that he is expecting 400-500 participants.
“Even the serious runner will enjoy it because it is chip-timed and it’s a course that’s pretty challenging,” Anderson said. “But then, it’s also a really great race for families. In fact, we get a ton of families out there. The majority of registrations are women, children and parents.
There will even be a special award given to one parent with young children.
“We’ll have this special award for who comes in first place with a stroller because over the years we started noticing there were a lot of moms or dads pushing strollers, so we wanted to mix things up with that,” he said.
All funds raised at the race will go to SAFFT’s goals of supporting foster families.
“Every dollar from corporate sponsors and race revenue related to registrations will all go to our mission of protecting children in foster care, rebuilding their families and hiring caregivers,” Anderson said.
For more information go to SAFFT.org/color.