MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School Class of 2017 held the first annual MTHS Color Run on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Despite temperatures in the low forties, with a wind chill and cloudy skies, the 5K Run was enthusiastically attended by students and adults of all ages.

The Class of 2017 set a goal of 200 people in the hopes of raising at least $2,500. The funds are earmarked to offset upcoming senior class activities. At race time, more than 400 were in attendance and over $6,000 was added to the class’ treasury.

“This is a wonderful outcome,” said MTHS Principal Douglas Sanford. “They more than achieved their goals with this event. It is incredible. They needed this fundraiser to offset the expenses of their senior activities. I know the students are grateful for the support of the entire Montville Township community.”

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In the hour leading up to the race, which also included a one-mile walking component for those who needed a slower pace, friends and relatives warmed up, visited with one another, and participated in the Montville Township Public Schools’ live Facebook feed interviews.

First place in the 5K went to Class of 2017 President Jonathan Kraft. Runners crossing the finish line in second and third place were seventh grade student Robert George and sixth grader Jeremy Reiss, both from Lazar Middle School.

Following the race, students, parents, teachers, families, friends, teams and even Montville Township Board of Education Member, Michael Johnson, gathered on the MTHS parking lot to participate in the Color Burst; a flourish of Color Run powders released with excitement.

“A great day,” said Johnson, who wore his own MTHS Class of 2009 “Senior” t-shirt to the Color Run. “A lot of color, a lot of fun, and a great new tradition.”

Class of 2017 Advisors, MTHS teachers, Dana Bertoli and Jennifer Dubois were awed by the community participation and success of the event.

“We wanted this to be a healthy event with something for the entire community,” Dubois said. “It has more than exceeded our expectations.”