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Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Register at www.active.com or United Way of Iredell County. You can register the day of the event beginning at 8 a.m. Early packet pick-up is available Friday, June 3, from 5-6 p.m. on the Circle at Mitchell Community College. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a race T-shirt and swag bag. The first 25 registered runners receive a coupon for a free pair of Thorlo socks. The first 100 registered runners are entered in a drawing for 1 of 2 Allsport passes to the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Visit www.uwiredell.org or call 704-872-3000 for information.

Saturday's Live United Color Run to benefit United Way of Iredell County, local nonprofits

Posted at 6:14 PM on May 31, 2016

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Participants in last year's event show off their colors.

Register early for race swag, chance to win passes to Whitewater Center

BY MEREDITH COLLINS


Walkers and runners prepare to get colorful at the 2016 Live United Color Run to benefit United Way of Iredell County on Saturday, June 4. The run starts at Mitchell Community College at 9 a.m.

Brett Eckerman, executive director of the United Way of Iredell County, said this event is finale of the “Get Fit Iredell” initiative. Hospitals, nonprofits and local businesses started the campaign to improve the health of people across Iredell County.

Eckerman encourages everyone to participate regardless of running skill. In fact, the flyer says participants can “walk, run, saunter or skip.”

“This is an untimed event, which is part of the secret of a color run,” Eckerman explained. “ABC news found out that most people who sign up for a color run have not done a 5K before. This is a chance for anybody at any fitness level to get out and do something fun and to get some exercise.

“Our hope is that we will appeal to people who aren’t just super runners, but that this will appeal to all in the community,” he added.

As people make their way through the course, there will be five color stations, each with a different color. The color is liquid, so you can run right through the splash zone or around it if you choose. The color used will often come out of clothes if washed soon after the event, but there is no way to guarantee that it will wash out, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting stained.

If the liquid color is not enough for you, they will have a station where you can tie-dye your own T-shirt or add some color to your hair.

The event benefits the United Way of Iredell County, which supports other local agencies with annual allocations.

“We fight so that every person everywhere will have a good education, health and income,” Eckerman said. “We focus on funding 20 local agency partners, ranging from well-known agencies like the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls of the Piedmont, Fifth Street Ministries to others like the Iredell County Kidney Coalition that many people don’t know a lot about. They provide trips to dialysis treatment for people who have no other way to get there.”

United Way assists these local agencies in a variety of ways, sometimes by raising funding or gathering resources and people.

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