Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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May 9, 2014

Extension Office going green for a good cause

GREENSBURG – The Decatur County Purdue Extension Office and 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting a Color Me Green 5K race at the Decatur County Fairgrounds headquarters building on Saturday, May 10, where racers will be colored with a green powder while traveling around the track.

Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. In lieu of a set registration fee, participants are asked to bring a cash donation of whatever they can afford, to benefit the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter or canned goods to benefit the local food pantry.

Extension Educator Jeff Hermesch said this will be the first event of its kind, but one he hopes will become an annual event for Decatur County. The color run is sponsored by the Purdue Extension Office and will take place in all 92 Indiana counties between March and August. Only green dyes will be used, to represent 4-H.

“The entire state is doing this and every county is different for how they do it,” Hermesch said. “It’s a great chance to get some exercise in the morning and donate to a good cause.”

In Greensburg, there will be no timers for the race, no prizes and no losers. The race is simply part of Purdue Extension promoting a healthy lifestyle for families while spending time outdoors. The event will be held in the spirit of fun and is open to everyone. For those who are unable or unwilling to complete the entire 5K, Hermesch said one lap should be roughly a mile and racers are welcome to go as long as they like.

“It’s just a fun thing; it’s not competitive,” Hermesch said.

The first 100 people registered for the race will receive their choice of a white 4-H T-shirt or a pair of green sunglasses. These items will be given on a first come, first served basis, as the Extension Office has 50 of each item.

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