Get ready to be colour bombed


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May 21, 2015 8:15 AM

The Bea Fisher Centre is gearing up for its second annual fun run, The Colour Within, and things are going to get a little messy.

The all-ages, five-kilometre run/walk, taking place on May 23 at Bud Miller All Seasons Park, will see attendees starting off with white t-shirts that will be coated with different colours of blue, green, pink, purple and yellow as they advance through each section of the course.

Not to worry though, the paint is completely non-toxic.

“It’s actually coloured cornstarch. It’s not harmful to you, cornstarch is edible,” said George Zaychkowsky, CEO of the Bea Fisher Centre. “What’s kind of neat about it is they get a t-shirt, which is white with some black lettering saying ‘The Colour Run Within,’ then you just get plastered with all kinds of colours and it’s kind of neat what they look like after.”

All the money raised from The Colour Within goes towards the Bea Fisher Centre’s capital budget, where they use it for things like building homes, buying computer systems and funding programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

This year’s event will be following the same format as last year, which saw about 350 participants raise upwards of $13,000, and organizers are hoping for a similar turnout this time around.

“(People) can expect to have a whole bunch of fun,” said Zaychkowsky. “They will get a t-shirt and we provide a barbecue, so they can have some fun and they can eat and go home happy.”

The cost for the run is $50 per person and children under 10 can participate for free. They encourage people to collect pledges, with prizes being given out to those with the highest total amount pledges received. Volunteers are also welcome.

For those worried about removing the colour from their clothing, organizers recommend “plain old soap and water, along with some perseverance” or by simply wearing something you’re not concerned about getting a little colour on it.

On the other hand, for those who want to preserve the colourful mess, spraying your shirt with vinegar and ironing it before washing should do the trick. People who want to snap some photos at the event are encouraged to keep their cameras in a ziplock bag to keep it safe and sunglasses or goggles for eye protection are also recommended.

Pledge sheets and volunteer forms are available at:

For more information, call 780-875-3633 or email

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