Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The MGC Foundation Committee has put together the inaugural Color Me Humboldt Run to take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 9-11 a.m.

The course will be 5k and run throughout the city of Fortuna. Early registration ends on Nov. 8 for discounted rates.

”Runners will receive a 2013 Color Me Humboldt Run T-shirt which you are encouraged to wear at the run, a rockin' pair of 1980's sunglasses, and we will provided a bottled water and snack to all registered runners,” said MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett.

The MGC Foundation Committee focuses on fundraising for the MGC and is made up of Pockett, Kim Quintal, Tiara Brown, Sarah Reback and Felicia Thomsson.

”The Foundation Committee is an amazing group of community leaders,” Pockett said.

The MGC will be using the money raised at this event for the operations and programs within the MGC.

”This will be an annual event,” Pockett said. “We are expecting a great turnout. We really want to engage all of Humboldt County. ... Our run is all about having a great time and getting in some exercise while raising money for a much needed community center in Fortuna.”

The MGC, at 2280 Newburg Road in Fortuna, is a place where people of all ages can come together to participate in classes, programs, special community events and activities.

Pre-registration is convenient, but you can register the day of the event. Pre-registration ensures you a T-shirt and sunglasses and savings in the registration fee.

The committee asks runners who choose to register on the day of the event to arrive an hour prior to the run time. T-shirts and sunglasses for same-day registration runners will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Pre-registered runners can pick up their packets on Friday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the MGC at 2280 Newburg Road in Fortuna. Sunday pre-registered runners can pick up their packets at 8 a.m. at the starting area 14th Street High School parking lot.

Pre-registration costs $35 by Nov. 8 and $45 afterward. Registration fees are not refundable but may be transferred to another runner for a $3 fee, but transfers must be done prior to the event.

Sarah Reback committee member suggests dressing fun for the run.

”Wear some wacky and wild attire such as crazy socks, tutus, silly hair, but keep it comfortable and weather accordingly,” she said. “The more white apparel, the better the rainbow colors will show up when getting colored. Keep in mind that whatever you run in WILL get covered in color.”

Reback said the color powder is 100 percent biodegradable and shouldn't harm anyone.

”You may also choose to bring a bandanna or face mask if you are concerned about ingesting it,” Reback said.

Pockett suggested a variety of post-run cleaning methods.

”We can't promise you that you might not have some color stains left but we are told that the color washes out of clothing and hair rather easily, we have even heard that the following method works prior to the run to preserve your clothes; spray your clothes with vinegar, iron then wash.”

The committee has even thought through runners' trip home, and suggests bringing a towel or plastic bag to cover car seats with after the run.

Electronics can be used at the event, but are not recommended as they will get color thrown on them.

”Use these devices at your own risk,” Pockett said. “We do not recommend them on the course and aren't responsible for damaged or lost items. We do recommend that people who choose to take photos or videos stay at least 20 to 30 feet away from where the color is being thrown.”

The 5k race is not a timed event, but it does have a time limit to ensure the streets open back up in a reasonable amount of time. All runners need to complete the Color Me Humboldt Run by 10:30 a.m.

The race is a family event for all ages, but the committee does ask that there be no strollers, baby packs, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, or pets for the safety of the runners and insurance requirements during the event. Registered runners include ages 6 to 14 and it is asked that an adult accompany them at all times.

"We have had an overwhelming response of community support by way of sponsorships and runner participation,” Reback said. “We hope for this to be a day of celebration and community coming together to support a great cause.”

For more information about the Humboldt Color Run, you can contact Executive Director Trina Pockett at 725-3300, email colormehumboldtrun@gmail.com, or visit www.ervmgc.com.