The first ever Martensville ColouRun took place Sunday, June 17th in Kinsmen Park. Approximately 160 participants of all ages took part in the event and had the option to walk, run, jog, bike or use whatever method they saw fit to complete the five kilometer stretch. “We were concerned with having the event on Father’s Day that it would have an impact on participants, but overall, I was really impressed with the support that we saw from the community,” organizer Meagan Barabash said. The untimed event consisted of various colour stations, where volunteers would throw powered colour and water onto those passing by, resulting in a rainbow of fun. “It was a fun event that was for absolutely everyone and I saw so many big bright smiles as people went by.”
The idea behind Martensville ColouRun came from other similar events that Barabash had seen and from there she decided to provide a fun family event with all proceeds being donated back into the community. The public was invited to submit nominations for local fundraising or charity groups to which the profits would be donated. “We received some nominations and even had representatives from some of the organizations come out to volunteer that day. We will be announcing who the money will be going to once all of the final tallies are done, but we are thinking we will be able to support two to three local groups, which feels really great to be able to do,” Barabash added.
A number of local businesses came on board to support Martensville ColouRun adding to the success of the event. Barabash is grateful for the support and would like to thank SoulPower Fitness, Affinity Credit Union, ClassC Artisans Boutique, Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual, Sticks + Stones Design Company and Bravo Dance Co. for their contributions to the event.
Barabash is already looking forward to planning next year’s event, with a date to be announced in the next week or so. “It went over so well and we have people already excited for next year. This will be a great thing to do every year and we will be able to give back to different community groups each year as well. The whole idea of this was to create something fun and give back to the community, and we were able to do that, so the goal is now to make it bigger and better each and every year and create something that everyone can look forward to!”