Posted 6/09/15 (Tue)
By Nicky Ouellet
Saturday’s forecast calls for sun with a chance of color showers.
For the second year running, the Color Dash comes to Tioga on Saturday, June 13, to powder participants with color and raise funds for the highly anticipated reopening of the community pool and splashpad.
The event, a 5K non-competitive walk and run, is organized by the Tioga Park Board and sponsored by eight local companies.
“It’s more about having fun, a family fun event where everyone can come together and support the community,” said Melissa Johnson, Tioga Park Board member and event organizer.
The course starts at the Farm Festival Building, heads toward the high school, down to Odegaard Park, winds over to Central Elementary School and Municipal Park before finishing back at the Farm Festival Building.
“Since we are the Park Board, what we wanted to do was highlight the parks and playgrounds in town,” said Johnson while out checking the course route in preparation for the dash.
Participants will be showered with colored dyes at five points along the course. Live music will greet them at the finish line, where a “Color Explosion” will ensue.
“You’re tie-dyed by the time you’re done with the dash,” said Johnson.
Registration fees include an event t-shirt, other swag and a packet filled with colored dye, which participants throw during the post-race festivities for an eruption of color.
Last year, about 500 people participated in the event to raise $7,500 for the pool project, which is projected to be completed for a soft opening on the day of the Dash.
Barring complications with plumbing and electrical work, the pool, splash pad and showers will be ready for use June 13. The Park Board hopes to begin work on a bathhouse addition and remodel later this year.
Eight local companies are sponsoring this year’s event. Continental Resources covered the fee to have the Color Dash host the event in Tioga. BNSF Railway paid all advertising fees. Color stations are sponsored by Anytime Fitness, Pinnacle, Neset Consulting Service, D & L Paraffin, Tioga Ace Hardware and NCC. Cash Wise is donating water.
The Color Dash hosts events across the country to raise funds for community projects. Last year, the company suggested hosting the dash in Williston to draw a larger crowd, but the park board insisted on hosting the event locally.
“It was an idea brought to us last year by a community member,” said Johnson, “and we had more participants than we were anticipating for the size of our community.”
Registrants can pick up race packets on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Farm Festival Building. The dash starts at 10 a.m. with the Color Explosion following around 11 a.m. If all goes as planned, the pool will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dashers should plan to shower between the race event and swimming.
To register, visit http://cd5k.com and click on the Tioga location.