The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 23, 2013

(PHOTO GALLERY) Runners decorate their own shirts during MSU's Color Rush 5k

Powdered dye makes the unique race colorful

By Pat Christman
The Free Press

---- — Runners in most 5K races often get a t-shirt to commemorate their run, but few races provided a t-shirt like Saturday's Color Rush 5K race at Minnesota State University. Runners had to decorate their own shirt, while they ran the race. 

Eager volunteers at various color stations along MSU's fitness trail threw a powdered corn starch based dye at runners' clean white shirts. Water and sweat activated the dye, turning a white shirt into a kaleidoscope of color. At the end of the race, runners stood in front of fans to blow the extra powder off.

More than 200 runners participated in MSU's first color rush event, sponsored by the university's Impact Team. Organizers hope to repeat the run.



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