The Carthage Rotary Club is hosting a holiday color run on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m.
The run is going to be a 5K, but participants can choose to walk as well. The money raised by the color run will go toward scholarships.
“It will hopefully provide several scholarships for our graduating high school seniors, which can be anywhere from Panola County,” Keri Vance, with the Rotary Club, said. “That’s direct money that stays local. I mean, that’s going to our high school seniors, and they can go right here to Panola College and they’ve got a scholarship, (or) they don’t have to go local; they can go anywhere.”
The run will cost $40 for adults and $20 for those ages 12 and under. It will be on city streets downtown, but Vance said they’re still waiting on final approval for the route from the police department. Since early registration ended Nov. 22, Vance said they can’t guarantee t-shirts for those who register after that date, but they are going to try to make it happen.
“If they just wear a white t-shirt, and they can wear — we’d love people to dress up,” Vance said. “I know I’ve seen some people wear tutus and Santa suits, whatever they want to wear is fine, but just realize that there is going to be the color powder thrown at several stations throughout the run. So they want to steer clear of anything they just love. It says it’s washable, but you never know.”
The Rotary Club is hoping to continue to do the color run every year, Vance said.
“I think it’s always good to invest in your community, whether it’s your time or money,” Vance said. “And just help build the sense of community, create some traditions — and certainly for those of us that are younger and with little kids, we need to network more, we don’t do that as much as we used to, so I think it helps build a better sense of a strong community.”
Vance said anybody who would like to come help out or sponsor the run can contact her at (903) 238-3661. Online registration for the run is available at https://form.jotform.com/93115554296158.