ST. GEORGE - The City of St. George hosted the thirty-first location on the nationwide route of the Color Me Rad 5K Tour, and had an impressive attendance.
Hundreds of people turned out to the race Saturday at the old St. George Airport, so many people that some observed the St. George police began turning people away due to the limited parking and access. Capt. Scott Staley later said that people were not turned away but may have been directed to a different parking or access area.
Color Me Rad is a combination of a street race and a color festival, complete with packets of cornstarch-based, colored powder throw on runners, and anyone else within range. Organizers use an average of 5,000 pounds of the colored powder for each race location.
Participants were met with the surprisingly cold weather for St. George with a high of only 50 degrees for the day, and the wind wasn’t much help either. However, while some parts of the St. George area were even powdered with snow flurries, the Color Me Rad race progressed and the weather became more bearable, with the energy and excitement of the crowd combining with flurries of color to bring a rosy distraction from the weather.
Organizers of the race considered this location a great success, and will continue the tour on 17 Nov. in Las Vegas.
See our preview story for the Color Me Rad 5K here.
Ed. Note: Nov. 12, 2012, 3:58 p.m. Updated with clarification from St. George Police Department Capt. Scott Staley that the department did not turn people away, but may have directed people to a different parking or access area.
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