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MHS Academy of Finance will host inaugural Color Run May 22

Get fit and look great doing it: AOF launches new health-based fundraising effort

May 18, 2016

The students of the Monticello High School Academy of Finance (AOF) will host the inaugural community wide My School Color Run on Sunday, May 22, from 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m, to help raise money for AOF scholarship funds.

My School Color Run is an untimed 5-kilometer fun run for all ages that ends in a joyous blast of color. Participants will receive a t-shirt, sunglasses, a color pack and admittance to the after-party.

“Rather than sell goods, we [AOF] wanted to engage the entire student body in a fitness initiative that aims to instill a life-long healthy way of living,” AOF member Rebecca Bass said.

Along the route, groups of students will be showering participants with colored powder at four checkpoints, making it a “colorful experience.” The color will wash off easily and will not stain clothes. The color is created from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved food dye (red, blue, yellow, and green), mixed with water and sprayed through a 1-gallon sprayer.

Additionally, each participant will be provided with a single powder color packet that will be thrown in the air at the final color celebration at the end of the finish line. This color, also approved by the FDA, is made from food grade cornstarch. Participants with asthma or ‘dust’ allergies should remain away from the powder area. Sunglasses will be provided to all participants and must be worn during the run.

Following the run, participants are encouraged to stay for the AOF’s Color Celebration which will feature a live DJ, refreshments, food available for sale, and several vendor booths.

If you have not signed up for the Color Run yet, you are welcome to register in person Sunday, May 22 at the Monticello High School. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the Color Run 5K begins at 10 a.m. The 5k course is entirely on school property, and there will be 4 color stations spraying participants with vibrant colors. Make sure to wear a white shirt and sneakers that you don’t mind getting color on. This fun, non-timed event will be followed by a huge color celebration at the finish line.

Nearly 500 students, teachers and community members will be attending the event.

There will be:

  • a free bagel breakfast

  • a free pasta lunch

  • hamburgers and hot dogs for sale courtesy of the Catskill Grill Food Track

  • food for sale courtesy of MHS clubs

  • vendors, including: face painting, henna, a fuel oil giveaway, yoga coupons, tupperware, gift certificates and more

  • a photo booth supplied with props to commemorate the experience

If you have already signed up, it is encouraged that you come to the Monticello High School gymnasium on Friday, May 20 between 2 and 6 p.m. to pick up your race day items.


Adult volunteers: we need your help! Interested volunteers can contact Rebecca Bass or Jaclynn Sorensen at for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact form contact Rebecca Bass or Jaclynn Sorensen at for more information or download the sponsor form here.


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