ROXBURY, NJ – The annual Roxbury High Scho0ol Interact Club Color Fun Run is becoming a township tradition, and each year the organizers hope for bigger and better.
So what’s new with this year’s installment, taking place May 19 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna? For starters: More stuff to toss.
“We have added an additional 100 pounds of colored powder to throw on people,” said Roxbury Rotarian Steve Alford. “And there will be cornhole games going on.”
The goal of the event is to raise money to help local people in need. Last year’s recipient, Matt Adonis – a Roxbury boy “who is now cancer-free” after battling a brain tumor - will be the one kicking off this year’s run, Alford noted.
Money to Help Roxbury Families Hurt by Cancer
Proceeds from the Color Fun Run will go to Jeffery Poissant and the family of Nicole Coleman.
Poissant is a longtime Roxbury firefighter, owner of Succasunna Service Center and father of three who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. “We will honor him to prove that no one fights alone,” said a statement from the Interact Club.
Coleman, also a mother of three, died in November 2018 due to brain cancer after enduring multiple medical procedures. The Color Fun Run hopes to help her children: Donte, Cole and Shaday Gibson.
Tickets purchased in advance will cost $25, five dollars less than those sold on the day of the event. The first 400 to register online will receive a T-shirt.
Not in the mood to be buffeted with color? Would rather be the predator than the prey? The organizers are looking for parent volunteers to throw powder. Those interested can sign-up by clicking here.
Alford said he and the Interact Club – the Rotary Club’s arm in Roxbury High School – expect at least 600 people to show up for the 9 a.m. event. “But we would love to get to 800 so we can really support these two families,” he added.
He said the goal is to raise $15,000.
Local Businesses Donate
“There are so many people to thank for their donations which left us without one dollar of expense,” Alford said. He said Fullerton Grounds Maintenance paid for all the T-shirts. PJ’S Auto Body and Tim Smith paid for the powder and Valley Pharmacy paid for the race bibs.
Additionally, Lukoil in Succasunna provided 30 cases of water, Jersey Mikes and Cliff’s Ice Cream are donating all the food and ice cream and once again, Infinity Entertainment is providing music for free.
“Playa Bowls of Morristown will be back, and they were a huge hit last year,” Alford said. “They are the only ones that cost money, but they donate a percentage of their proceeds back to us.”
The Rotary Club pays for all Color Fun Run advertising and "supports the event 100 percent," Alford said.
To the Rotarians and Interact Club members, the day is rewarding in ways beyond the fun of seeing people covered in pastels.
“If you could see the looks on the faces of the recipients and the attendees at the event, you would understand why the day is so special,” Alford said. “It’s like one big pile of love and everyone is feeling it. We help each other in this town. Cancer sucks and no one should ever have to go through it feeling alone.”
He noted that people can come to simply “cheer on the runners” even if they don’t want to register. But those who do should be warned: The Color Fun Run has a way of inciting generosity.
“Every year, I get a handful of people stuffing checks in my hand because they were so overcome with emotion during the event,” Alford said.
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