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Color run raises money for Al Behrman playground equipment

May 20, 2019

Puffs of bright colors shot into the air, splashing across clothes, hair and faces as children dashed past, either trying to avoid the clouds of powder or reveling in them.

It was the fourth annual 5K Color-A-Thon at Al Behrman Elementary School on Saturday, where families walked or ran along the route leading back to the school and were doused at several points in corn starch colored with red, blue or yellow food coloring. While rain threatened to fall and brought a chilly breeze, the roughly 40 participants and volunteers weren’t noticeably dismayed.

Katie Beckwith, a first-grade teacher at Al Behrman, ran through the last station, getting a direct spray of blue from volunteer Misaki Izumiya, a Baraboo High School exchange student from Tokyo. Beckwith attended the 5K with her husband and children.

The event, organized by the Al Behrman parent support group, raised money for playground equipment.

“They’ve been working a lot to get things going for it and making sure that everybody brings back the fundraisers,” Beckwith said. “The kids were really excited about it.”

Participation was down this year — usually the event draws around 100 participants — but organizers still raised about $4,000, said parents Becky Brenson and Kate Madson.

Al Behrman students Michelle Barahona, 10, and Morgan Brenson, 10, said they had a good time Saturday.

“It was cool,” Morgan Brenson said.

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