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Article Published: Apr. 11, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 15, 2013
Dye Hard

For this Sunday's Tie-Dye Trot, spectators will toss clouds of rainbow-colored dye at the running participants.

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It’s a 5K to dye for.

The inaugural Tie-Dye Trot, benefiting the High Country Dance Studio, hits the High Country – and its participants – Sunday, April 14.

How so? As organizer Amy Forrester explained, volunteers will toss clouds of rainbow-colored dye at the participants.

But runners needn’t worry.

“All of it is completely safe for consumption, skin and the environment,” Forrester said, adding that the dye powder is a blend of cornstarch powder conforming to U.S. FD&C (Food, Drug and Cosmetic) standards. “This aspect was incredibly important, so we did tons of research and have very expensive dyes coming in, in addition to some that we have made ourselves. We really wanted to take care of these families and racers.”

And in racing, participants will help take care of the High Country Dance Studio, which is home to the popular High Country Cloggers, who are planning a trip to dance at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlanda, Fla.

“Based on the nature of small-town life, the girls have not had the chance to travel, as a group, to a different place to share their talents and joy for performance with a wider audience,” Forrester said.

In terms of family, the Tie-Dye Trot is a family-friendly event, with entertainment lined up for spectators, as well as runners.

Free activities include a dance party, bounce houses and community mural project, although race-goers can also pay for a professionally shot, keepsake photo from Elias Photography, complete with photo booth and props aplenty.

As for entertainment, the trot will feature music from Appalachian State University’s Enharmonix a Cappella group, Zumba demonstrations and clogging shows.

Blue Ridge Acupuncture and Natural Medicine will be on hand to offer health checks, and Feastie Boys food truck will offer fresh-made delectables for appetites great and small.

And then there are the water guns, loaded with dye. For a donation of $4, spectators can squirt their friends, coworkers, teachers and kids while they run.

“The 5K itself is like running through a rainbow,” Forrester said, “and we’ve planned for a vinegar setting station, so each runner can treat their shirt before they leave and end up with a commemorative tie-dye of their experience.”

Plus, there will be prizes aplenty from local businesses awarded “not only to the fastest runners, but also to the spirited participants and all around good sports,” Forrester said.

So far, the Tie-Dye Trot has more than 250 registered racers. Online registration is closed, but organizers welcome folks to register on race day, starting at noon. Pre-registered racers should plan to arrive between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

As of presstime, there is still space in the Tie-Dye Trot, as well as a one-mile kids’ Fun Run.

The inaugural Tie-Dye Trot takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Boone Greenway Trail, just across from the National Guard Armory. For more information, email ( , or visit

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