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Join the Colorful Party

By Sarah McCartan

Join the colorful party, and get a little exercise while you’re at it. If you missed the purple, green and gold Mardi Gras madness that was Pensacola’s first grassroots take on the widely growing phenomenon of a “color run,” look no further than the Great American Jubilee. Local non-profit organization Jubilee by the Bay, Inc. returns Saturday, June 29 with its second “Run, Walk or Drag with COLOR” event of the year.

This colorful party offers you the opportunity to partake in a non-strenuous, active summer event alongside thousands of excited participants. Plus it’s the prime way to get a jump on the Fourth of July festivities—an entire weekend early.

The 5K (3.1 miles) course is an out-and-back route along Bayfront Parkway, starting and ending at the Community Maritime Park. In patriotic fashion, the designated “color stops” along the route, hosted by local radio stations, will be rocking red and blue, with an additional splash of yellow to compliment the blue in honor of the Blue Angels. The color itself is cornstarch infused with food grade colorant that washes out with a little soap and water.

The Great American Jubilee party kicks off and concludes the event at the Community Maritime Park. Festivities include a DJ and live music entertainment, athletic activities, food from several local and regional vendors, and even a charity hot dog competition benefiting the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Plus, of course, extra color—in case you didn’t get enough during the route.
Registration is currently underway and caps at 10,000 participants. In addition to receiving a “race” number, registered participants will receive a custom printed white T-shirt (the canvas to soak up the color), a patriotic bandana, wristband and sunglasses. Additional patriotic flare or drag is encouraged—the more color the better. In the spirit of the party, registration includes two Miller Lite (for participants 21 and up) or Pepsi products.

JUBILEE RUN, WALK OR DRAG WITH COLOR
WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29 (Packet pick up Friday, June 28)
WHERE: Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St.
COST: $35 for early registration. Group and military discounts available.
DETAILS: Visit Facebook.com/JubileeRunWithCOLOR for event updates; register at runwithcolor.eventbrite.com. Early registration ends June 21.