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Runners lace up for trail of colors

Ken Veilands Ken Veilands
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Looking for something exciting to do in Albany this weekend?

Darton is hosting the 3rd Color the Grove 5K run, hundreds are expected to lace up and get blasted with a rainbow of color.

Friday morning volunteers will be prepping the campus for the course, it runs from the tennis courts through the back roads of the school through the wooded areas and back around to the center.

It's recommended to dress in white from head to toe to see all the colors: blue, pink, red, yellow and greens. 

Dozens of volunteers will be set up on the sidelines of the trail ready to dust runners and walkers as they pass. 

All the funds collected will go toward Darton athletics department. It will help pay for sporting equipment such as tennis rackets, baseball bats, uniforms and any gear needed for games.

It will also go toward scholarships and help the school maintain or improve facilities.

Ken Veilands, organizer and women's soccer coach, says hosting events like this make a huge impact on their department and the community.

"The color is kind of cool cause its messy, I think people enjoy that but the people running it, the people throwing the colors, they just kind of cut loose. You get a little adrenaline from running but you also get the thrill of getting dirty. I look forward to just seeing and experiencing the whole thing," Veilands said.

You can register for $35, that includes a free white Color the Grove t-shirt and one bag of colored powder.

The event begins 10:00 A.M. at the tennis pavilion located in the back of the Darton State College.

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