NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley PTO's hosted the annual color run to benefit each of the township's five elementary schools on Sunday June 10. The run followed the paths along the Third River from the Kingsland Park gazebo to Booth Park and back.
Students in each of the elementary schools recruited participants each paid a fee to participate. Resourceful kids at Spring Garden signed up Vilardo's Deli as a sponsor of their team. The team from Yantacaw secured Core Physical Therapy as a sponsor for their team. Proceeds from the registrations went back to the schools that registered those participants. Each of the hundreds of registrants received a t-shirt and bag of "color."
The 'color' of the color run is colored corn starch in blue, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and green. Additional bags of color were available for purchase at the starting line, proceeds from the color bags purchased on site was distributed among the five elementary schools. The color washes out easily and participants from previous years have not reported any stains to clothes.
For about an hour or so before the run, "color fights" broke out with students, parents, and even grandparents tossing color on each other. Stations along the route, consisted of students tossing large quantities of a single color at passers-by. At the blue area, some of the run participants crawled down on the path to mimic swimming in a bright blue sea.
The run itself was more of a "what ever gets you moving" event. Some people did run the entire course, others decided to walk, and laugh, the entire route and some others pushed strollers. The event was set up to be about getting out and supporting the schools making it possible for people who could not walk the entire length, or those who wound up carrying their kids, to go part way before returning to Kingsland Park.
After completing the color run, parent volunteers stood near the inflated arch to hand participants bottles of water. The water was donated to the run by Nutley Board of Education members Debbie Russo, Ryan Kline, and Sal Balsamo.
Funds raised by the PTOs cover things that are not included in the BOE budget.
About 500 people participated. PTO parents are already talking about how to make the 2019 event even bigger.
The Nutley Police Department and School Crossing Guards were stationed at each street crossing to keep everyone safe.
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