2nd Annual My School Color Run September 17th
Newaygo Middle School will host the 2nd annual, community wide My School Color Run on Sunday September 17th at 2:00pm to raise money for the Emma L. Graham Scholarship Fund.
We heard about the inaugural race held last year mostly from folks who had entered and were vowing to be a part of it again this year primarily due to the elevated fun element involved in participation.
Being unfamiliar with color runs and, truth be told, nearly anything to do with running we decided to get a little info on the event so we managed to catch up with a very busy Gena Dietz one of the race organizers and pose a couple of questions
N3- How did this get started?
Gena D.-“I began hosting events to raise money for the Emma L. Graham Scholarship Fund about five years ago. Our first event had six runners, and it has grown to over 200 last year.
N3- Tell us more about the scholarship.
Gena D.-This event and scholarship are very important to me because Emma Graham was a special part of my life. She was a Newaygo student who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor her freshman year of high school. She underwent surgeries, treatment, and fought very hard, but, sadly, she lost her battle shortly after she turned 17.
Emma happened to be one of my 8th grade students, but she was so much more than that. I always say she was like my little sister. She was intelligent, funny, spunky, athletic, and outgoing. She played football and sang in the church choir. She loved the outdoors and spending time with her family. Her parents, Jon and Sherry Graham, started the scholarship fund to help one graduating senior each year with their expenses.
N3- What happens at a My School Color Run event and how do I sign up?
Gena D.-This event is fun for everyone since it is not competitive. Participants can walk, run, jog, hop, or skip along the 5k course that starts at Newaygo Middle School and loops towards Newaygo High School. The participants will go through four color stations where they will be sprayed with different colors (it is basically colored water). At the end, once everyone has crossed the finish line, we will open and throw our color packets or the final celebration. We will also have a variety of events happening before the 5k starts, like yoga, plyoga, yard games, and music. Afterwards, there will be a photobooth where the colorful participants can get their picture taken for a small cost!
People who register before September 1st will receive a t-shirt, race bib, and color packet. We will accept registrations all the way up until the start of the event, but we cannot promise a t-shirt after the 1st. All of the money we raise will go directly to the Emma L. Graham Scholarship Fund!
WHAT: My School Color Run for Newaygo Middle School
WHEN: 09/17/17 at 2:00pm (Registration begins at 1:00)
WHERE: Newaygo Middle School 850 E. 76th St.
CONTACT: Gena Dietz – 231-652-1646 or firstname.lastname@example.org