Loras College Dance Marathon held their annual FT5K Color Run on Saturday, Oct. 8, and raised over $6,000 with over 250 participants. Registration began that morning at 9 a.m. with the race starting at 10 a.m. The course had to be moved from its original location to 1860 Hawthorne Street, the site of the former Bowling and Beyond building. The 3.1 mile course weaved through the A.Y. McDonald Park and continued alongside the riverside Jaycee Trail.
The Dance Marathon team begins planning this annual event as early as the previous June, along with a summer committee and the Miracle families. There are monthly meetings to discuss the larger items (city permits, themes, etc.), and to create a marketing strategy for that year. After that there is a transition to bi-weekly meetings, with the full team beginning work on the event once the committee members have returned for the new school year.
“This is my second year spear-heading the Color FT5K; last year I coordinated much of the day with the help of team, and thankfully, this year my Co-President Rachel Moser was spearheading the effort with me,” Ellen Horst, co-president of Loras College Dance Marathon, said. “It was incredibly beneficial to have both of us managing the event because a lot more work and detail goes into the event than one might think! Having two bodies there to coordinate both race-prep itself and our volunteer staff was incredible!”
The color run has been a staple for Dance Marathon for the past three years. The year prior to that there was a 5K race organized primarily by the Miracle Families with just a small amount of help from the Loras Dance Marathon team. Since the decision to transition to a color run, the Miracle Families and Dance Marathon team have worked equally side by side on the endeavor.
“This event is an amazing way to witness our DM community, the Loras community, and the Dubuque community come together to support such an amazing cause,” Horst said. “We were blessed to have the support and assistance of Ainsley’s Angels this year, a group who came in with special wheelchairs they call chariots, to run with our Miracle kiddos. This group is a fantastic group of gold-hearted persons who attend races and run with kiddos and adults who can’t run on their own. It was incredible to watch the Angels pushing our kiddos across the finish line and the smiles on the faces of the kiddos as they, covered in color, were able to complete the entire 3.1 miles.”
There will be a fundraiser hosted by Dance Marathon at Pizza Ranch in Dubuque on the night of Oct. 19. The next big event is the Rake-a-Thon in November; the date is yet to be determined. The team will be raking yards of community members, faculty and staff for donations, and will welcome the help of volunteers. The donations will be going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Please contact Jacob Formella, Jacob.Formella@loras.edu to schedule lawns. to be mowed as part of this fundraiser.