If you saw a huge cloud of rainbow colors coming from Central Park on Saturday morning, do not despair.
You were not seeing things.
It was just 800 of your friends and neighbors enjoying the Color Splash 5K.
The noncompetitive run brought out the young and the old and everybody left feeling like a rainbow from one colorful finish line.
King’s Daughters Sports Medicine and Marshall Orthopedics sponsored the run and it turned out to be one of the largest 5Ks to take place in Ashland.
Registration was cut off at 750, but at least another 50 participated in the noncompetitive 5K that included many families running over the flat course with straightways through downtown Ashland.
A unique feature of the run was those who completed the race were splashed from head to toe with colored dye at the finish. Runners were encouraged to wear white to get the full effect of the color dye.
From all accounts and colorful photographs, it was an amazingly good time.
It was a good community project, too. Cheerleading squads from Ashland, Russell, Greenup County, East Carter and Fairview were the “dye-tossers” for the run.
“Everybody seemed to have a good time,” said KDMC spokesman Tom Dearing, who was on hand as a photographer. “We had a timer but it was more about getting people out and exercising.”
Color runs are becoming increasingly popular in running circles, and this one definitely packed some punch and served the purpose of getting people off their couches.
Here’s hoping there will be more of these in the future.
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About a month ago, Ashland Alliance Director of Development Bob Hammond was filling his oats.
So he laid down a 5K racing challenge race to Elias “Bear” Compston, the 7-year-old son of Ashland marathoner Amy Compston.
Hammond, 45, wasn’t about to take on Amy, who was among the top 15 percent of female finishers at the Boston Marathon in April and whose amyforafrica.com campaign has already raised nearly $13,000 for Ugandan missions in nine weeks, during Friday’s Main Street Night Moves 5K at 7 p.m. downtown.
Hammond knew his limits. So he picked on her son.
To make the Man V. Boy 5K Challenge even more interesting, though, amyforafrica.com set up a way to vote for either runner and give to the mission effort at the same time. For a $1 donation, you could cast a ballot for your favorite runner. Voting will be open until Friday at amyforafrica.com.
And if the voting is any indication of what the race will be like, it’s going to be a Bear runaway.
As of Wednesday night, the scoreboard read: Bear 713, Bob Hammond 128. That equals $841 for amyforafrica.com, which is being used to fund schools and pay for medical expenses and other projects in Moya, Uganda.
The mission effort will run until Nov. 2 when Amy runs a 50-mile ultra marathon in Nashville.
Bear’s goal was to help his mother raise another $1,000 for amyforafrica.com. He is quickly closing in on that total.
Amyforafrica supporters will be accepting donations before, during and after the race downtown.
Look for the lime green shirts.
Make your calendars for Aug. 23 and 24 for a great baseball weekend.
There will be a 6 p.m. reception for anyone in the community Aug. 23 at the Elks Lodge.
Ashland Tomcat baseball teams from 1965-69 — “The Tomcat Dynasty” — will be special guests, but everyone is welcome to come for a meet and greet.
Admission is free, with a cash bar and finger foods provided.
On Aug. 24, the venue will move to Central Park for the reunion of anybody who had ever had anything to do with Central Park. It’s not just for former players, but anybody who ever watched a game there.
The event willl feature some of the best chatter you’ve ever heard.
Yours truly will MC.
Jim Bailey, an Ashland Tomcat great and a veteran and supporter of CP-1, died on July 19.
Jim was a true friend to me and the Ashland community at large.
He was a member of some great Tomcat basketball teams in 1953 and 1954 when George Conley was wrapping up his high school coaching career.
Bailey was also an outstanding baseball player for the Tomcats.
He was a true gentleman and somebody who will be greatly missed.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2654.