Colorful day in Cloquet
All the green at Pine Valley got washed by bright colors Saturday, as people of all ages raced through clouds of colored corn starch during the fourth annual Cloquet Color Run.
Around 220 runners and walkers participated in this year's Color Run, some pushing strollers and including 89-year-old Steve Chantelois, who completed the 5K race walking with poles through the woodland park.
The race — which focuses more on fun than competitive times — offered runners and walkers a choice between doing one or two laps, or 2.5K or 5K respectively. Winners of this year's 5K race were Randy Beiri in the male division (18:32) and Marylyn Nichols for the women with a time of 28:30.
The Color Run is one of three main fundraisers put on by the Cloquet Rotary Club with help from the Junior Rotarians, who came up with the idea four years ago. The money from the Color Run and other fundraisers helps the service group fund local and international projects. The local Rotary Club sends six high school juniors from Cloquet, Esko, and Carlton to Camp RYLA, a leadership training camp, each summer and awards $6,500 in educational scholarships to area seniors.
A large number of friends and family of Cole Drechsler were part of the event again to celebrate Cole's love of color and bright personality. Drechsler died after a car accident caused by a drunk driver in July 2015.
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