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Hospitality House and WYN team up for paint raice

Article Published: Apr. 10 | Modified: May. 27
Hospitality House and WYN team up for paint raice

In a color run, participants are eventually covered in an environmentally safe, cornstarch-based colored powder.

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On Memorial Day, May 26, Hospitality House and Western Youth Network will be team up to host a 5K paint run/walk to raise funds, awareness and support for families and youth in the community.

The run will begin at 5 p.m. at the Boone Greenway Trail at Clawson Burnley Park in Boone.
A paint race is an event that showers runners in an environmentally safe, cornstarch-based colored powder at certain locations along the trail. The main idea is to tie-dye each runner’s white event T-shirt by the end of the run. The event welcomes competitive runners, casual runners, joggers, walkers, people with disabilities, families and all those who are willing to give back to their community. Pets are not allowed. A guide to the run will be posted at and will be included in the runner’s packet.

“We really wanted to bring a fun, unique event that all members of our community can enjoy,” said Brittany Johnson, AmeriCorps VISTA and project manager for Hospitality House. “A (paint race) is for everyone, not just serious runners. It gives all members of our community a chance to come out and enjoy running or walking through clouds of colors while supporting a great cause.”

Participants can expect a free photo booth with props, face painting, music, water and fruit provided by Earth Fare and free samples of frozen yogurt provided by Menchie’s in Boone.

A “Fun Run” will be held at 6:30 p.m. for kids younger than 10 to run a lap on the dirt track through clouds of color. The cost is $5, and kids can sign up at the event with parental assistance.

Early registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids younger than 12. Early registration runs April 11 through May 2 and guarantees an event T-shirt. Participants can register online at

On-site registration will begin at 4 p.m., and T-shirts will be first come first serve. On-site registration will be $30 for adults and $15 for kids younger than 12. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

Mail-in early registration slips can be found at Earth Fare, The Rock Sports Bar & Grill, Pepper’s, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Town Tavern in Blowing Rock and The Gym at New Market Centre. Those who pre-register can pick up their packets from May 19 to 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hospitality House, located at 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

Food donation bins for canned goods, boxed goods and dry goods, like coffee, sugar, tea and bread, will be located at the picnic shelters beside the start and finish of the race.

“We realized that, especially this time of year, many local businesses get asked constantly for donations,” said Faith Motter, director of development for Western Youth Network. “By teaming up together, we hope to lessen the strain on our local businesses who show us so much support.”
Both organizations have been serving the High Country community for almost 30 years.

The 5K paint race is sponsored by Town Tavern in Blowing Rock and Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar. Organizers are still welcoming sponsors. For more information, email ( or (

(Editor's Note: This news release has been modified from its original version, as the term, "color run," is similar to a name trademarked by The Color Run, a national 5K event series.)

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