Color Run at Millburn's Wyoming School Brings Families Together

From left to right: Adam Erlichson, Itamar Kaplun, Owen Yones, Amy Erlichson, Emily Yones Credits: Nadia Halim
left to right: Gabriella Oviedo, Briella Pagnillo, Marissa Pagnillo Credits: Nadia Halim
Michelle Lee, Natalie Hiott-Levine, Samantha Meiler, Lori Smith Credits: Nadia Halim
Hula hooping fun! Credits: Nadia Halim
Beautiful day for a run Credits: Nadia Halim
Left to right: Molly Kohl, Patricia Karan and Husband Joel Karan spread some green color. Credits: Nadia Halim
Left to right: Kathleen Fiore, Zoe LaLonde, Gwen Yones, Erin Elsaesser, Kim Erlichson, Amy Erlichson, Adam Erlichson Credits: Nadia Halim
Organizer Gwen Yones gets blasted with powder! Credits: Nadia Halim
Amy Erlichson, Sara Solomon, Emily Yones catch up at the color run. Credits: Nadia Halim
Wheel barrow racing Credits: Nadia Halim
Oyin Owolabi and her son celebrate another round on the course! Credits: Nadia Halim
Heather Jenquine and her husband Rick man the blue station. Credits: Nadia Halim
Ryan Cannon of Troop 17 and his father, Scout Master Daniel Cannon, get a jump start on a boys scout fund raiser selling wreaths. Credits: Nadia Halim

MILLBURN, NJ - The Wyoming School couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for its first Color Run on Saturday, November 19. The sunny, fall weather attracted over 160 runners of all ages to come out and get splashed with colored powder on the quarter mile course in Slayton Field. The color in the air competing with the color of the trees made it quite a sight to see.

Music, games, and bake sale rounded out the festivities as kids and their parents circled the course. While some ran the whole time, others left the course to rest with refreshments or tested their skills in hula hooping, wheel barrow racing, and doing the limbo.

The funds raised will go towards programs supported by the Wyoming PTO including field trips, cultural arts, and classroom programs. The bake sale separately raised funds for the 4th grade year-end activities as this is also their last year at The Wyoming School. 

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“We wanted to create a fundraising event that not only promoted physical fitness, but also gave families a fun way to be active together. The color powder was a great incentive for kids to continue to loop the course over and over. One third grader and his father tracked their progress and challenged themselves to cover 5K!” said organizer Gwen Yones. 

Since the organizers wanted to keep the cost for families to participate relatively low, they reached out to local businesses to help cover the cost of the event. “We had an amazing response from businesses including the Wyoming parent community, such as Garden State Orthodontics, Stroller Xpress, Spaark Graphic Design, Sakura, PMH F & L, Gruenwald and Comandatore, as well as an alumni, Buncher's Hardware,” said Yones, VP of Fundraising. 

Other area businesses, including The Sneaker Factory, Plume Studio, Sunburst Gymnastics, La Strada, Oscar's Deli, and Bungalow gave their support as well. Tide Dry Cleaners went the extra mile by suppling and handing out water to the runners. “We also had donations from Red Mango, Salon La Mode, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Splurge Bakery, Tinga, UnWined Boutique, Goldberg's Famous Deli, Footnotes, Starbucks, Trader Joe's and from Wyoming families” added Yones.

“I believe all of the families that participated had a great time and were amazed at how much color was everywhere! Thanks go out to Gwen Yones, our VP of Fundraising and her hard-working Color Run team Meghan O'Neill, Marissa Scalzetti, Jessica Goercke and Erin Elsaesser,” said Heather Jenquine, Co-President of Wyoming PTO.

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