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A rainbow of runners invaded downtown Omaha Saturday for a 5K event that sprays participants with dyed cornstarch every kilometer.
Despite rainy weather, the run attracted more than 8,500 people. About 12,000 took part last year in Omaha's first Color Run.
“It's just a blast. It's kind of a no-worry, fun zone,” said Lance Duncan, an organizer.
Hieu Cao and Dustin Nguyen, both of Lincoln, ran the Color Run last year in Kansas City, Mo. This year they decided to get involved in a different way. They signed up as volunteers.
Cao and Nguyen's job had them camped out in the yellow color zone, dousing participants with yellow powder as they came through.
Setting up the zone took about three hours, Nguyen said.
The run began near TD Ameritrade Park and wound through part of downtown before ending back at the ballpark.
For those who aren't avid runners, the non-competitive event was a good introduction to running. The Color Run was open to all ages and skill levels.
It was the first organized run for Mackenzie Magid, 19, and her sister Halle Magid, 17.
“We wanted to kick off the summer doing something fun, not just sitting at home on our phones,” Mackenzie said.
Halle was most looking forward to the giant color festival at the end. Runners were given packets of dye they could spray on each other.
The cornstarch does wash out. Air-blown cleaning also was available at the finish line.
Aubrey Fergus of Omaha brought out her color packet early. Aubrey, 6, threw pink color on her parents, Natalie and Michael Fergus, before lining up at the start line.
The Ferguses had never participated in any run like the Color Run before.
“We wanted to do it for fun, exercise and bonding as a family,” Natalie Fergus said.
Runners could go solo or sign up as teams. Tonya Hunt, Carol Wurdeman and Judy Choat were part of a seven-member group.
Hunt, who runs four times a week, was the only group member who had participated in last year's run. She was drawn to the race's atmosphere.
“It's just fun and relaxing,” Hunt said.
Sandy and Jesse Rodriguez had heard good things about the Color Run from friends who ran in other cities and decided to sign up.
“We thought it would be so much fun,” Sandy Rodriguez said. “And who doesn't want to do a color run?”
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