Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 16, 2014

4-H Painting the town green

GREENSBURG – The Decatur County Extension Office and 4-H Junior Leaders hosted the first annual Color Me Green 5K Saturday morning at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.

Participants were showered with green powder as they ran, making what would be a simple run/walk race into something fun and creative. Participants received their choice of a white T-shirt or green sunglasses.

In total, 106 racers braved the rain to take part in the event, which was developed by the Purdue Extension Office. The color race will occur in each of Indiana’s 92 counties between March and August. To represent 4-H, only green dyes were used to cover racers as they passed.

Extension Educator Jeff Hermesch said there was no set registration fee for the race, which was held in the spirit of fun and was not timed and had no winners or losers. Participants were invited to bring cash donations or canned goods as their race registration fee.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout and look forward to hosting this next year,” Hermesch said.

The cash donations collected totaled $617 and were given to the Greensburg-Decatur County Animal Shelter. The shelter is grateful for the help and has a use for every dollar it receives.

More than 150 pounds of canned goods were donated as well. The food was donated to the Greensburg Bread of Life, the local food pantry.

Hermesch said the event will definitely become an annual event for the Extension Office, as he has heard nothing but positive feedback from those who attended the race. The relaxed format of the race may or may not be used next year. For the first race, Hermesch wanted the event to be a way for people to get some exercise in the morning and donate to a good cause without competition.

“I want ro thank everyone who participated in and helped with the first annual Decatur County 4-H Color Me Green 5K run/walk,” Hermesch said. “Even though it rained during the entire event, everyone had a great time getting some early morning exercise and being showered with green powder. It was nice to see people of all ages out at the fairgrounds supporting our 4-H program.”

The Extension Office and 4-H provide numerous events for families and youth in the local community. Purdue Extension is currently focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle for families while spending time outdoors.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004;

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