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2018 Color Run Raises Thousands for Nutley's Elementary School PTOs

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Some of Team Spring Garden on the pedestrian bridge in Nutley's Memorial Park at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Sal Balsamo and Ben Grippi caught on camera taking silly selfies at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Getting silly at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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The 'Yellow Brick Road' appeared at the color station near Chestnut Street. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Orange Haze near the starting point of the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee
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Even kids who are not yet ready for Elementary School had a blast at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Volunteers set up the inflatable arch early in the morning. Credits: John Lee /TAPinto Nutley
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Leaders from Team Spring Garden with Lauren from Vilardo's Deli; Vilardo's was a sponsor of the Spring Garden team at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Even four-legged best friend joined the fun at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Participants included Principals, BOE Members, and local residents at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Everyone got into the fun of being covered in different colors at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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The 2018 Nutley Color Run provided countless opportunities to take some very colorful photos of friends and family. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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More Family Fun at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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Color Run participants filled the pathways of Nutley's Park System along the Third River. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Nutley's Crossing Guards kept everyone safe at those points were walkers crossed the streets at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Even the TAPinto Nutley Mini Cooper got into the fun at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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The bridge in Memorial Park proved to be a favorite photo stop during the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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The 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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As participants went through the 'gates' at Memorial Park near Rutgers Place, a team tossed massive amounts of pink at passers by at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Nutley Crossing Guards saw some very colorful fashion statement at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Familes of all stages joined the fun at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Hundreds of people came out for the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Stopping for a photo opportunity on the foot bridge in Memorial Park at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto Nutley
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Participants were able to purchase additional packs of color at a special station. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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Family Fun at the 2018 Nutley Color Run. Credits: TAPinto Nutley Staff
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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.

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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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