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Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Guilford Fairgrounds - Lovers Lane - Guilford, CT
8:30 - Packet pickup & Race Registration
9:30 Kids Fun Run - age 7 & under - free
10:00 - Start 5K and 3K Run/Walk
This is an opportunity for people of all ages to join in an explosion of color with friends and family. The 5K course will be from the fairgrounds to Jacobs Beach and back. The 3K course will be from the fairgrounds past the historic Henry Whitfield House, and back. As you run or walk the course, you will be bombarded with color. This is not your grandma's traditional event, although she is certainly welcome to participate and we know several who are planning to do so. The course will be set up so you can bypass the color stations if you wish to do so.
This year there will be chip timing for runners, and the prizes will be for the first male and first female across the finish line. Serious runners should line up at the front of the starting pack.
THIS EVENT IS PART OF GUILFORD’S DAY WEEK, CONCEIVED AND LED BY DAY YOUTH, IN WHICH THE COLOR PURPLE IS USED TO SYMBOLIZE YOUTH SOBRIETY. THE YOUTH USE PURPLE TO VISIBLY COMMIT TO LIVING CLEAN, AND SEE THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE, BUT THAT THEY ARE IN THE MAJORITY. ADULTS USE PURPLE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SUPPORT FOR GUILFORD’S YOUTH AND THEIR VALUES. EVERYONE COMMITS TO HELPING EACH OTHER, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO NEED ENCOURAGEMENT AND RECOVERY SUPPORT. The youth of DAY conceived the color run several years ago as a way to increase community participation in the Lifelinx Recovery 5K, and to help Lifelinx with its fundraising. By participating in this event, you are helping people in recovery on their path to a good life.
Lifelinx Corp. is a 501c(3) non-profit addictions recovery support service with offices at 2785 Boston Post Road in Guilford, and sober houses in Guilford and Madison. Lifelinx’s mission is to reduce substance abuse through relapse prevention by providing a variety of peer-driven recovery support services to people in and seeking recovery from substance use disorders.
The mission of Guilford DAY is to create a healthier community for youth by increasing developmental opportunities and personal strengths and thus reducing youth substance abuse.
I-95 Exit 58 (Rt. 77), head south. Follow to Guilford Green. Left at Green on Broad, 1st right on Park. Turn left at stop sign on Boston St. Take second right on Lovers Lane.
$25 "Early Bird" online registration. $30 online after May 9, and on Day of Race at the fairgrounds.
Dedicated to the memory of James Blakeslee. May God cradle you with love in the warmth of his arms.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REGISTER AT THE GUILFORD FAIRGROUNDS ON MAY 16, THE DAY OF THE RACE. Yes. It is not necessary to preregister, but the race fee on May 16 will be $30. The fee is $25 if you preregister online by May 9th, and $30 if you preregister online after May 9th.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO SIGN UP AS A MEMBER OF A GROUP OR TEAM? Yes. Look for the name of your group or team that has been registered by the leader of your group.
WHERE DO I PICK UP MY RACE PACKET? Race packets can be picked up at soundRUNNER, 1088 Main St. Branford, from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Friday May 15. The store is an extraordinary running store. On May 16, race day, race packets can be picked up at the Guilford Fairgrounds from 8:30 am - 9:30 am. The color run starts at 10:00 am.
WHAT IF I AM OUT OF SHAPE AND CAN'T RUN 5K or 3K? No problem. We expect as many people will walk as will run. This is a color run, not the Olympics. The goal is to get some exercise and to have fun with friends. You'll be supporting Lifelinx and will be part of DAY Week. BE PURPLE! IT'S WORTH IT! SPEAK UP! HELP EACH OTHER!
WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO RUN, AND AVOID THE COLOR? The course will be set up so people who wish to do so can bypass the color stations.
WILL THERE BE CHIP TIMING? This is a color run, and mostly fun, but we have decided to have chip timing for the 5K course. Serious runners should line up at the front of the starting pack. There will be a prize for the first male and the first female to finish. Any 3K runners will check their own times via the finish line clock.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Show up wearing white, in clothes that won't end up white, and may never be white again. Or wear whatever you wish, but it will end up colored. Old white clothes would be a good idea. There will be a white tee shirt in the race packet for the first 400 participants.
WHAT IS THE COLOR MADE OF? CAN I EAT IT? The color powder is a mixture of cornstarch and food dye that is safe and biodegradeable. If you want to eat it, it won't hurt you, but yuck! Color runs have been held throughout the US. They originated from ancient Hindu celebrations.
SHOULD I WEAR SUNGLASSES AND A DUST MASK? The color stuff is dusty as all heck. Glasses or sunglasses will help keep the dust out of your eyes. A scarf will be available to cover your nose if you wish. Last year most runners did not bother with the scarf. And of course you can bring a dust mask if you wish.
SHOULD I COVER MY PHONE AND CAMERA? If you plan selfies in the midst of the color bombardment, we recommend using a plastic baggie or plastic wrap to keep your phone or camera dust free.
HOW DO I CLEAN UP AFTER THE RACE? Dust off yourself and your buddies. This won't remove everything, so bring a towel or plastic bag to sit on before you climb into your car.
ARE PETS ALLOWED? No pets. Not even cats.
WILL THE COLOR WASH OUT OF MY SHOES AND CLOTHES? The color is made of cornstarch and food dye, so it usually washes out of shoes and clothing, but to be safe, wear old clothes that you don't mind staining, just in case.
WHAT ABOUT LIABILITY? This is supposed to be fun. The color is made of cornstarch and food dye. It will be dusty as all heck. But if you try it and have a problem, we will not be liable. As with all road races, participants must sign a waiver of liability as part of the registration process.
WHAT ABOUT REFUNDS? There will be no refunds. The color run will be held rain or shine. In fact, if it rains, the color will stick better. The proceeds benefit Lifelinx, a group dedicated to helping people in recovery. By participating in this event you are helping people in recovery on their path to a good life.