EVART — Despite a cool and rainy morning, a race ended in a flourish of color and raised money for a school athletic program.
The 3rd Annual Wildcat Wildcolor 5K Fun Run was held June 9
Participants ran a 5 kilometer (about 3 miles) course through the city, which started and ended at the high school. The racers got sprayed down with colored water at various points on the route and at the end threw bags of colored powder in the air.
The race was noncompetitive but more than 90 people participated in the race that raises money for the Evart schools’ wrestling program. Each year, the race is able to raise about $2,000 organizers said.
School staff and volunteers from the community helped to organize and execute the event but it was started by Evart wrestling coaches Ryan Hopkins and Ben Bryant.
Hopkins said the proceeds from the race will go to improve the team.
“We want to get more equipment and grow as much as we can,” Hopkins said.
The program has also received some big donations to continue growing the program, Hopkins said, which is stimulating growth. Over the last eight years, the program has grown from three to 20 and Hopkins said he hopes that will continue.
“The community has been awesome,” he said. “I can’t think them enough. We get stronger every year.”