Color Maniacs Blast Scranton with Colors

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The Color Mania Run took place at Montage Mountain in Scranton this past Saturday.

Jessica Sands from S.W.E.A.T. Fitness warms up the crowd at the Color Mania Run in Scranton

Jessica Sands from S.W.E.A.T. Fitness warms up the crowd at the Color Mania Run in Scranton

Over 1,500 “color maniacs” took part in the event, which began at 10 a.m.

Jessica Sands and four other instructors from S.W.E.A.T. Fitness Studio, in Luzerne, got the crowd pumped up and warmed up with their Zumba and Hip Hop style group dances.

After the warm up participants were sent through the 5K course in waves. As they walked and ran, color blast stations were set up, coloring their white shirts and their bodies with yellow, green and red powder. Some participants purchased extra color packets to color their friends along the route.

Each participant was given a bag of colored powered to throw up in the air at the end of the event. By the time participants made their way through the course and crowded together for the final color blast, the air was transformed into a rainbow colored mist.

From the smiles and laughter, it was easy to see that the “color maniacs” had a fabulous time!

Color Mania came to Scranton Oct 5 and colored Montage Mountain.

Color Mania came to Scranton Oct 5 and colored Montage Mountain.

Money raised at the Color Mania Run in Scranton benefited Marley’s Mission. Marley’s Mission is a non-profit organization that provides equine-based (horse) therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma.

Color Mania is a 5K run/walk where participants are blasted with color as they work their way through the course. Participants pay a sign-up fee and register individually or with a team. Color Mania partners with local organizations in cities all over the country to raise money through this event. According to the Color Mania Run website, the only to rules for the event are: participants must wear a mostly white shirt at the start line. A blank canvas, and walk or run the course and have your blank canvas filled with color by the end.

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