Chesco United Way bringing back 5K Color Run

Meridian Bank employees and their families come out to support the 2017 United Way of Chester County Color 5K fundraiser held on the Brandywine Airport Runway in West Chester. The event netted over $27,000 for the United Way of Chester County Financial Stability Center in Exton. This year’s event is scheduled for April 29th once again on the airport runway.

Presented by Brandywine Hospital-Tower Health and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., United Way of Chester County is bringing back their popular Color 5K Run & Walk on April 29th at the unique location of the Brandywine Airport Runway in West Chester. This fundraiser has already sold out of sponsorships at record levels in the event’s five year history.

As a way for additional companies and businesses to support the event which benefits the United Way of Chester County’s Financial Stability Center, the United Way has put out a “Corporate Challenge”, asking companies to consider paying the nominal entry fee for any of their employees to participate in the run & walk.  For the second year, Sartomer and Meridian Bank have accepted the challenge and will be fielding teams of employees for the event.

The run & walk, which is geared for all ages and abilities, gives participants the unique opportunity to have fun on an airport runway with a backdrop of planes and helicopters. The flat course includes color stations where participants are sprayed with a rainbow of neon colored corn starch and confetti. The race is untimed and is pretty evenly split between walkers and runners, however there will be a clock at the finish for those who want to know their time.

Claudia Hellebush, President and CEO of United Way of Chester County said, “We invite companies big and small to step up to our corporate challenge by rallying their employees to participate. It is a great team building opportunity while helping people in the community to become financially stable and self sufficient.”

Kenny Messer, Sartomer President, says “our employees and their families had so much fun last year that we are shooting for an even bigger team of 50 or more this year. It is great comradery for a great cause.”  Chris Annas, CEO of Meridian Bank, states “We are especially happy to participate again this year since we know the proceeds will benefit people in our community.”

The race begins at 2PM but participants can come as early as 12:30PM for prerace activities. Registration is now open at Due to the generosity of sponsors, every penny of race registrations 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 Exton.

For more information about this event call 610 429-9400 or visit

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