The storms of two weeks ago brought flood waters to Waseca, but Sunday’s 5K fun run through the heart of the city was a rainbow after.
With participants dusted with colored corn starch after every kilometer, not only did the Color Dash take on spectral hues, but the run, sponsored by Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, also raised $1,100 for the Waseca County Flood Relief Fund.
While the fundraiser was originally for Junior Achievement, the organization’s District Manager Laura Heyne, who is based in Waseca, said it was difficult to think of JA when the community has so many needs.
“Junior Achievement values the well being of the communities we work in over and above anything else,” she said. “Waseca families need financial help at this time, and our event just happens to be well-timed to contribute to that financial help. We need money to support our programs, but this year we can find these funds elsewhere.”
There were 120 participants who signed up for the race beforehand and another dozen or so entered the day of the race. Heyne thought there was a bump in signups when the fundraiser switched to flood relief. Volunteers numbered about 35. The Color Dash company splits the proceeds with the fundraiser.
The run started at the Waseca Intermediate School and wove through town. While some runners were out for times, others took a more leisurely tour. Some brought their dogs while others pushed a stroller. All came back tie-dyed orange, green, pink, purple, yellow and blue.
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that provides high quality personal finance, work readiness, and entrepreneurship curriculum to students K-12. JA programs deliver experiential learning with the benefit of volunteer mentors from the community who serve as examples of future success. This school year, over 35 classroom teachers and 800 students are expected to participate in Junior Achievement programs at Waseca public and private schools.