NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley PTO's hosted the annual color run to benefit each of the township's five elementary schools. The run, on Sunday June 4, 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. Proceeds from the registrations went back to the schools that registered those participants. Registrants received a t-shirt and bag of "color." The color of the color run is colored corn starch in blue, pink, yellow, orange, and green. Additional bags of color were available for purchase at the starting line.
For about an hour before the run, "color fights" broke out with students, parents, and even grandparents tossing color on each other. Color Stations along the route, consisted of students tossing colored powder at passers-by.
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.
About 600 people participated. PTO parents are already talking about how to make next year's 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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