Color Run in Wheeling Supports Augusta Levy

Photo by Alec Berry Participants of the Color Me Au-Some 5K leave the starting line Saturday.

WHEELING — It was about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and almost 900 people started moving. They followed a course through city streets, across the Suspension Bridge and onto Wheeling Island. They all seemed to smile.

Augusta Levy Learning Center’s annual Color Me Au-Some 5K isn’t necessarily a competitve thing. Families come out; young people come out; the reinvented middle aged come out. They do so to socialize and feel active and get plastered with dry powder color paint bombs.

They’re glad the registration fee benefits children. The 5K is a fundraiser.

The Augusta Levy Learning Center treats and educates children living with autism. Staci Stephen, director of development for the organization, said race proceeds support one-on-one student programming.

“All the money goes directly to the kids,” she said. “People like doing things for a good cause.”

Jackie Peklinsky, Pam Palilla, Loretta and Maddie Bird love running 5K races.

It’s because they’re “short and sweet;” a distance not at all taxing for four women who run atop pavement a few times a week, as well as attend any similiar effort such as this.

The team calls itself the “West A Wonders,” representing its hometown of West Alexander, Pennsylvania.

“The more you do, the more you want to do them,” Palilla said. “You’re not competing with anyone. You’re challenging yourself to beat whatever time you got at the last one.”

When everybody left the starting line, they did so in clean, white T-shirts. At six points stationed throughout the course, race volunteers would pepper participants with those color bombs, which lend the event its title. The shirts would capture some sort of spectrum.

Stephen said by the race’s end there’d be color everywhere.

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