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Nearly 300 people will participate this weekend when the Cloquet Rotary Club presents the fourth annual Cloquet Color Run on Saturday, July 22.

"Last year we had 280 participants and we are expecting to exceed that mark this year," said Paul Nordvall, one of the committee chairs for the event. "The Color Run is the primary fundraiser for our club and proceeds from the event will directly impact the Cloquet, Esko and Carlton communities."

The event is held at Pine Valley in Cloquet with check-in/race-day registration on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m and the race starting at 9 a.m.

The Color Run is one of the most unique races in the northern part of the state because runners/walkers will run through a number of checkpoints that feature enthusiastic organizers throwing colored corn starch in the air, allowing runners to come out of the race in a rainbow of colors.

"A few years ago our Rotary Club asked the Junior Rotarians, high school seniors, to come up with ideas for a fundraiser," explained Nordvall. "Aliyah Hamman suggested this fun run and it sparked the imagination of the members to make it a reality and we've had excellent results."

Money from the event will be used by the Cloquet Rotary Club to help fund a number of causes including literacy programs in all the elementary schools in Cloquet, Esko and Carlton as well as funding for all night graduation parties for those communities as well.

The run also provides timing for runners who want to be more competitive, but the bulk of the participants are involved more from the fun aspect of doing something that is out of the ordinary.

"This run provides the participants with a unique way to be in unity with people experiencing the joy of beautiful colors," said Nordvall. "At the end of the race a mass of humanity gathers with to throw colors in the air and that is a great thrill."

Interested participants who have not signed up for the race can still sign up on race day morning. Cost of entering the race on race day is $30. Only cash or checks can be used to pay entry into the race on race day morning.

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