|Cold weather doesn’t dampen spirits at TRUTH Color Run|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:44|
Organizers Heidi Anderson and Dave Vrbas visit with Allison Sandman prior to the start of the Color Me Courageous 5k Saturday in Imperial. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
With temperatures hovering around 50 degrees Saturday morning, runners and walkers joined together to support the Nebraska Kids TRUTH Campaign with its Color Me Courageous Run in Imperial.
Nebraska Kids TRUTH Campaign co-founder Dave Vrbas and organizer Heidi Anderson were pleased with the turnout, despite the cold weather.
“We were very pleased with the turnout, since it was so cold out that morning with the threat of rain,” Vrbas said.
Registrations were down from last year’s race. Approximately 150 people signed up and Vrbas said nearly all were there.
“We didn’t know what to expect with it being the second year and on a different weekend,” said Vrbas. “So even though there was a drop in registrations, it was still an impressive turnout.”
Jason Kimble with Night Sounds entertained the colorful crowd, keeping music playing throughout the morning at Campbell Park, site of the start and finish lines.
Prior to the start of the kids’ run, participants threw non-toxic colored powder into the air, creating a color cloud. Participants were also doused with powder at color stations throughout the race to mark their progress.
Children’s carnival games were held in the park as the adults ran their race.
Forty kids ran in a 1-mile race prior to the start of the adults’ 5k. Imperial’s Colin O’Neil placed first in the kids’ run with Mason Wallin finishing second and Matthew Blackman of Palisade coming in third.
Leighf Brown placed first in the 5k followed by Kamryn Hughes and Madisen Messersmith.
Nordhausen and Vrbas were thankful for their sponsors and volunteers “who helped make it a great event.”
Sponsors for the event were Hegwood Concrete, Mathews Family Chiropractic, Valley Irrigation, Wireless iNet, Law Offices of Ashley K. Spahn, Imperial Auction Market, Jeff Olsen, PC, Night Sounds Entertainment, Sandman Grow Yard, Frenchman Valley Co-op, Wallin Farms, Anderson Fencing, Gotcha Glass, Goltl Drywall, Ott Transport, Bud’s Tire Repair, Pioneer Credit Union, Bear Mountain Angus and Jason and Crystal Hicks & Family.