Get out a join in ‘Colors for Cancer’

There are, in some cases, certain things that are better in color.

And, for recent Kauai High School alumna Heidi Herr, one of them is running – running through a clouds of colored dust in blue, green and pink hues.

It is an idea that has been around since the Color Run was created in March 2011 and became known worldwide as “the happiest 5k on the planet.”

“I saw it and I really wanted to participate but I was never able to go over to Oahu or travel to the Mainland to participate,” Herr said, “so I just thought, ‘Oh well, I should do something like that but fundraise for a good cause at the same time.”

And that is exactly what she did in February for her senior project, where nearly 200 people came out to Vidinha Stadium to participate in a colorful, three-mile run – all in the name of fighting cancer.

“I did my project on the benefits of exercising, so I decided to have a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and then have people exercise at the same time,” Herr said.

But now that her senior year is over, Herr said she will to do it all over again on Saturday one more time to raise a little more money for the nonprofit – and clear out some of that extra colored dust still lying around.

The run is scheduled 9 a.m. on the Vidinha Stadium soccer field, is $20 for students and $30 for adults.

Registration costs, Herr said, include a Colors for Cancer T-shirt, a numbered racing bib and all the colored dust needed to make the event a special one.

“I just want people to leave knowing that they donated to the American Cancer Society, had fun and got a chance to get out there and exercise,” Herr said.

Registration is open to participants 3 years old and older and will open at 7:30 a.m.

To register, visit www.racesonline.com and type in the keywords “Colors For Cancer.”

A packet pick up will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Stadium visitor side ticket booth.

Information: heidi_herr@hotmail.com.

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