LAHARPE — The LaHarpe PRIDE Committee promises a little something for everyone who shows up at LaHarpe City Park Saturday.
Those in the fitness kick can partake in either a 5-kilometer run or 3-kilometer walk as part of the LaHarpe PRIDE Patriot’s Challenge-Color Splash.
The male and female runners who run the fastest will bring home a special prize. Each will receive an American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The flags were displayed by Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran in honor of LaHarpe PRIDE.
Those who prefer a more leisurely pace for their runs have the option of something else entirely — getting dirty.
The “color splash” portion of the festivities features a number of stations along the route in which participants voluntarily get pelted with powdered paint.
The non-toxic paint can be washed out of clothing, or treated with vinegar to preserve the colorful designs.
A limited number of white shirts will be available to runners, to better show the colors.
Sunglasses or other eye protection is advised.
Proceeds from Saturday’s events will go to the PRIDE Committee’s ongoing efforts to upgrade the LaHarpe park.
Members are eager to repair or replace playground equipment, bleachers at the nearby softball diamond and perhaps see a walking trail built to surround the park.
Other beautification projects, such as large “welcome” signs along U.S. 54, also are in the planning stages.
SATURDAY’S RUN begins at 8 a.m., with registration starting at 7 at the park.
Registration costs $25 for those wishing to be involved with the color splash, and $15 for everyone else.
The committee also is looking for volunteers to help pelt the participants with paint. Those interested should call (620) 363-0612.
For more information, visit LaHarpe PRIDE’s Facebook page, or stop by LaHarpe Communications or TLC Garden Center.