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April 4, 2014

Color Me Grad fun run to benefit Project Graduation

DUNCAN — Pre-registration was slow to start, but after a few days, Project Graduation’s latest fundraiser is off and running.

This year’s Project Graduation Committee will host the Color Me Grad 5K run/walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the the Duncan High School football stadium. About 215 people have registered to participate in the event.

Through the fundraiser, participants will walk or run for about 3 1/2 miles, while volunteers and sponsors throw colored powders on them. Similar events have taken place in other communities, including Lawton’s Run or Dye event.

“We’ve got people of all ages,” Lori Mirth, one of the coordinators for the event, said. “We have people coming from Pauls Valley, Shawnee and Edmond.”

The event will benefit Project Graduation,  an event that takes place graduation night for Duncan High School seniors. The lock-in event provides a safe atmosphere for seniors to spend one last night with their high school friends  high school graduation.

To put the event together takes about 75 volunteers. Mirth said the event requires community involvement and support from local businesses.

Mirth said several businesses sponsored color stations for the event. There were also additional businesses and entities, including Will Rogers Pre-Kindergarten Center, that sponsored the event.

“Everybody has been great,” Mirth said.

The pre-registration deadline to participate at a less expensive cost and to get a T-shirt was March 25. In the days leading up to that deadline, Mirth was nervous.

On March 23, she had received 32 registrations and four registrations by mail. And the following days, the number of registrations didn’t increase.

But on the night of March 25 Mirth received 102 online registrations. More registrations were received by mail in the days following.

Mirth said people can still register through the morning of the race. On day of the race, people can register at 7:30 a.m. with enough time to line up for the walk/run.

More color was even purchased following the influx of registrations. Mirth said the goal is to not run out of color.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Mirth said.

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