Megan Bocock, Joey Catalano, Tyler Smith and Joseph Swope have set up the Color for Community event, which will be April 15 at the Veterans Memorial Lake Park. The 5K run starts at 9:30 a.m. and there will be a family-friendly, one-mile run that begins at 10:15.
“We focused hard on sponsorship to make sure we could put on a good color run,” said Catalano, the son of Tony and Geneva, of Milan.
There are slightly more than 40 sponsors — both businesses and individuals.
The family-friendly run, which includes obstacles and games, is a new addition to the previous color run organized by St. Paul students.
“We have some people bringing dogs,” Catalano said. “We are trying to outdo the previous one.”
During a color run, the participants wear white T-shirts and have colored powder thrown on them.
“The color sticks to their shirt,” said Smith, the son of Tim Smith and Tammie Case.
“We wanted it to be fun, so that’s where the color comes in,” Catalano added.
The Color for Community event benefits the Huron County Youth Grant Making Council, which has been involved with food banks, When Pigs Fly and a roof project for The Haven.
“It’s not a really well known organization,” said Bocock, the daughter of Kristin Zuccaro, of Norwalk.
Instead of coordinating an event that benefits one group, Bocock said she and the other students wanted to meet the needs of Huron County and “give back locally.”
The students have put up posters about Color for Community, including in Norwalk, Milan, Sandusky, Willard, Bellevue and Monroeville. They also have used social media to advertise the event.
The seniors’ mentors are Ryan McDonnell and Robert Pabst, who gave them advice on obtaining sponsors and answered various questions that the students had.
“They are both really business-savvy. Mr. Pabst is the cross-county coach (at St. Paul), so he knows a lot about putting on these runs,” Catalano said.
All four seniors are running enthusiasts. Bocock and Smith are on the St. Paul cross-country team while Catalano runs track.
So far, 20 to 30 people have registered for the Color for Community event. The students hope at least 100 people will participate.
“We have 195 shirts,” said Swope, the son of Amy and Jeff, of Huron.
Runners may register the day of the event or do so via email — email@example.com or on Facebook on the “Color For Community 5K Color Run and one-mile Family Fun Run” page.