Colorful fundraiser raises money for pregnancy center

Ben Miller
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Students were pelted with colorful chalk as they ran around the Franciscan University of Steubenville campus Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

Students paid to run in the 5K Color Run fundraiser that raised money for Aim Women’s Center in Steubenville.

Students who volunteered were given a white shirt to wear as they ran. Of the 75 people who paid to participate, over 50 ran the course.

The 5K run (3.1 miles) took place in three laps, starting from the Piazza. From there, students ran to the soccer fields, behind Egan Hall, past the Portiuncula, down to Antonian Hall, behind St. Thomas More Hall and up by the Friary where they would start again. Once runners had completed three laps, they returned to the Piazza.

Spectators threw paint at the participants at one of five locations: the Lower Soccer Field, behind Egan Hall, two locations on the Rosary Circle and finally behind St. Thomas More Hall.

Yellow, orange, pink, blue and green dyes were provided to turn the white shirts into tie-dye ones.

The 5K Color Run raised around $1,000 for Aim.

Junior Craig Shepardson, co-lead of Christian Students for Free Enterprise (CSFE) Aim team and Exc!te’s vice president of events and logistics, said the money is helping Aim to advertise.

“It costs them about $500 a month for marketing,” Shepardson said. “We wanted to get as much money as we could to help them in their marketing.”

Kathleen Barton, the executive director of Aim in Steubenville, attended and opened the event.

Shepardson said his favorite part of the color run was donating the money.

“My favorite part was definitely seeing how happy Kathy was,” Shepardson said.

Previously hosted by CSFE, the Color Run was hosted this year by Exc!te.