Carson-Newman hosts BOOST 5k Color Run

Runner Fiona Huang closes on the finish-line during C-N’s color run.  Huang was one of some 100 participants who took part in the event.

Runner Fiona Huang closes on the finish-line during C-N’s color run. Huang was one of some 100 participants who took part in the event.

On April 20, Carson-Newman University hosted a local 5k color run, raising almost $1,000 for the Bonner Out of School Time (BOOST) after school program.

The Carson-Newman Mortar Board honor society hosted the colorful fun run to benefit the Bonner after school program as part of the Carson-Newman re-Action Project. The project encourages campus groups to raise money for a charity or cause of their choice. Mortar Board chose BOOST, which receives most of its funding through the 5k, grants and donations or sponsorships.

Runners and walkers completed the course that looped twice through campus and the surrounding community. Throughout the race, participants passed several “color stations” where Mortar Board members and other volunteers threw colored cornstarch at runners clothed in white t-shirts.

“The end goal is to tie dye your white t-shirt,” said event registration coordinator and Mortar Board president Jessica Whitmill.

According to Whitmill, turning this year’s BOOST 5k into a color run really boosted participation, interest and enthusiasm.

“Last year we had 12 runners,” said Whitmill. “This year over 100 signed up to participate. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic. We had many people tell us they want to come back next year.”

Kenneth Harrell claimed first place followed by Michael Horenkamp. The remaining top five finishers were Angelle Hayes, Nick Jordan and Gavin Hay. Top five finishers received a $10 gift certificate to Gondolier restaurant or the Creek Café.

Race photos are available on Facebook by “friending” “Carson Newman Social-Media.”