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Colors brighten 5K run in Hurley

 

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Hurley senior Dani Irons sprays yellow powder on runners Jacie Jokela, left, and Darian Jokela, both of Bessemer, during the Show Your Colors 5K fun run along Division Street in Hurley.

HURLEY - The "Show Your Colors" 5-kilometer fun run starting and ending at the Hurley K-12 School Friday raised money for the volleyball team.

A total of 115 runners ran around the school track and continued off school property westward down Range View Drive, turning south on County D, east on Division Street and north on 10th Avenue, and back onto Range View to the finish line at the school.

About every kilometer, the runners ran through a gauntlet of volunteers, many of them volleyball players, who sprayed colored powder on them as they passed.

Each station offered a different color - green, pink, orange, yellow and blue.

"I expected 100 runners," said race director Melissa DeCarlo. "I'm very pleased with the outcome and I only expect it to grow.

"The run was held as a prelude and as a beginning of the celebration for the Paavo Nurmi," she said.

The Paavo Nurmi Marathon begins this morning at 7:30 in Upson and finishes on famous Silver Street in downtown Hurley.

"The idea for the run came from the 100 Mile Club, which was a grant the Hurley school created with the idea to get kids active and stay active," DeCarlo said.