Katy Color Run expands
Participants in the third annual Katy Color Run on March 23 will find they are supporting an additional nonprofit this year and have a choice of how far they want to run — 5K or 10K.
The Ballard House becomes this year the sixth charity to benefit from the event.
“The Ballard House is thrilled to be a part of the Katy Color Run,” said Kathy Alt, executive director of The Ballard House. “What benefits the community and the local nonprofits benefits The Ballard House. A strong community is what The Ballard House is built upon.
“One of the many benefits is the community can see the nonprofits banding together. We’re stronger together,” added Alt.
The nonprofit’s mission statement is “to provide temporary housing in our community with a warm, safe environment for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition.”
Last year Katy Christian Ministries and Compassion Katy were added to the original trio of charities benefiting from the initial run. The initial charities are Clothed by Faith, Hope Impacts and Christ Clinic. The course starts and ends at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy. Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Katy/KatyColorRun5k for information and to sign up. March 22 is the deadline to register. There is no race-day registration.
Beverly Bivens Allen, director of advancement at Christ Clinic, said, “We’ve added a 10K for people who are serious runners. It’s a USATF sanctioned run.” The event also includes a 1K Dash for youths.
“We want to be able to have 1,200 runners,” said Allen. “We’re trying to get as many run groups and community groups involved. Last year we had about 50 from one church.” Allen said they’re encouraging friendly competition among churches to see who can sign up the most participants. Email email@example.com for a team discount. The 10K will begin at 8 a.m. followed at 8:15 a.m. by the 5K. The Kids 1K dash has two groups of runners organized by age. Those 8 to 10 years old will begin the 1K at 9 a.m. Ages 7 and younger will begin their route at 9:10 a.m.
Color stations are located along the route and volunteers shower participants with nontoxic, colored corn starch as they run by.
“It’s a fun, family activity,” said Allen. The event concludes with a post-race party with food trucks, vendors, entertainment and a kid’s fun zone. Sponsorship opportunities also are available.
This year’s theme identifies the nonprofits as Katy’s Superheroes. A photo shows nonprofit representatives wearing masks and capes.
“People really want to see nonprofits all working together. Working not duplicating services and being as efficient as possible,” said Allen. Runners can see the relationship among the nonprofits and their donated dollars returned to the community, she said.
“We’re good stewards of that money to make a healthier and happier Katy,” added Allen.