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June 7, 2014

A little splash of color

Event brings out more than 1,300 for 5K at Central Park

ASHLAND — Central Park was covered in dye yesterday after an event that brought out more than 1,300 participants.

The dye was flying before the second annual Color Splash 5K run had even begun. Children and adults alike were having a blast tossing dye at one another at the event sponsored by King’s Daughters Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Marshall Orthopaedics.

Andy Gilliland of King’s Daughters Sports Medicine, was one of the organizers. “This is exciting. This is what we want to be celebrating in Ashland — we want to celebrate wellness,” he said.

According to Gilliland, compared to last year, the number of participants doubled, and organizers plan to triple that next year.

 Money raised from registration goes toward Baseline Concussion testing for athletes.

“It is a great cause to raise money for,” Gilliland said.

There were runners, walkers and spectators at the event.

Melissa McDaniel attended the run with her son, Isaiah, and both of them were wearing tutus for fun.

“I did it last year with my sister and thought the kids would enjoy it,” she said. “There are a variety of ages here.”

April Rogers of Charleston was also with her children.

“We’ve never done a color run before,” she said. “I like the people dressed up. It’s good they have a lot of people supporting it.”

Others dressed up included Charlotte Gullett and the three girls with her — Baylie Gullett, Tori Wears and Gabby Hayes. They were dressed in hula skirts.

“It’s mommy and daughter fun day,” Gullett said. “It is our first time at a color run.”

According to Gullett, they were dressed to be original and to make it easier for her to find the children.

Wears had a different idea about costuming.

“So we’re the weirdest people here,” she said.

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