United Way’s Color Run back for 2016


United Way of Chester County’s Color Run is back and bigger than ever for 2016.

United Way of Chester County is bringing back its popular Color 5K Run & Walk this year after selling out in 2014 and 2015 for the largest 5k event in Caln Township history. The 2016 fundraiser is on course to exceed last year’s $30,000 raised for much needed local community programs. And for the third year in a row, Brandywine Hospital has stepped up as the Presenting Sponsor of this huge community event.

Participants can expect the event to be even bigger and brighter this year with more fun and excitement with the addition of a helicopter ball drop prior to the race. Numbered golf balls will be dropped out of a helicopter, and the ticket holder whose numbered ball lands closest to the flag wins $1,000! Four additional cash prizes will also be awarded. Balls can be purchased at www.DroptheBall.org and will be limited to 1,000 sold. And because of the generosity of UPS Chesapeake District who is sponsoring the drop, every penny of ball purchases will benefit the United Way Financial Stability Center.

The run & walk, which is geared to everyone from three to 93, will start with a mass group color throw for a huge color display in the sky. Then, throughout the very flat course numerous color stations will spray participants with a rainbow of neon colors. Due to the family friendly and fun format, the race is untimed and is pretty evenly split between walkers and runners. Participants also receive an event shirt and a fun pair of neon sunglasses with their entry fee.

Claudia Hellebush, President and CEO of United Way of Chester County adds, “The Live United in Color 5K embodies our mantra of living united- together- it’s designed for everyone. You don’t have to be a seasoned runner to come out and participate. It’s all about having fun- with a group of friends, family or coworkers, while doing something good for the community.”

Thanks to event host Caln Township, the course is on G.O. Carlson Boulevard in Thorndale. The race begins promptly at 2 PM. Register at www.LiveUnitedinColor5K.com to reserve your spot as the event is expected to sell out for a third straight year and no race day registrations will be offered..

Proceeds from the race benefit the United Way of Chester County’s Financial Stability Center which is located at 479 Thomas Jones Way in the Oaklands Corporate Center in Downingtown. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Brandywine Hospital and additional sponsors: Comcast Internet Essentials, Will Anderson State Farm, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions, Gateway Medical Associates, Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning and YMCA Camp Tockwogh.

For more information about United Way of Chester County’s Live United in Color 5k Run & Walk call 610 429-9400 or visit www.LiveUnitedinColor5K.com or www.DropTheBall.org

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