By Emily Gardner
Crusaders for Kids hosted its annual “Color Run” 5K this past Saturday to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wish of a child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. About 50 runners and over 20 volunteers were scattered behind the West Hall, waiting for the event to begin. With a send-off address by Crusaders for Kids president Cosette Kulda, the runners and those in charge of dousing participants with paint were more than ready to start the races.
The runners took off. They ran across UD’s campus, going through the woods and up the dreaded, steep hill by Braniff Graduate Building. Throughout the course, runners were surprise-attacked by volunteers armed with paint guns loaded with several different colors of paint. They splashed their tired victims with blues, greens and reds at different paint zones set up around campus. Runners ended the race by diving head first onto a slip ‘n’ slide set up behind the West Hall, the colors from their clothes painting the wet tarp.
While everyone enjoyed hot dogs, pasta salad and music after the race, the winners were announced for both males and females. For the males, senior Phil Wozniak came in first place with a close second by senior Jack Friddle. For the females, sophomore Mary Davern took first while senior Kayla Nguyen followed close behind. Those who placed were awarded with gift cards from local businesses.
Saturday’s event was full of fun and camaraderie but with a very specific mission in mind. Kulda explained why an event like this is so important.
“I think that it’s important for people to be excited about giving to charities,” she said. “I wanted to make this event fun to not only raise awareness about the charity that we’re donating to but also to bring people together for something good.”
Kulda’s vision for the event to get students more involved and raise awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation was a success. Crusaders for Kids’ “Color Run” has raised substantial funds for charitable organizations in years past. Hopefully, this event will continue to promote the community life at the University of Dallas and more events like it will follow.