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9/5/2013 2:26:00 PM
Be Bright, Save a Life
Triton student council to host 5k Color Run to raise funds for suicide prevention
What is a Color Run™?
The Color Run, also known as the 'Happiest 5k on the Planet', is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic "Finish Festival," using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

1. Wear white at the starting line

2. Finish plastered in color


By Tara Lindquist

Triton High School Student Council will host a "Be Bright Save a Life" 5K run on September 28 to raise suicide awareness and money to be donated to the Open Arms Yellow Ribbon Project a local chapter was started in memory of Jacob Sikel.

Triton has had two students that have taken their own lives in the past two years, Luke Roussel (5-27-2012) and Jacob Sikel (7-30-2012). The student council wanted to do something to raise awareness about suicide and the effects it has on the community. "They didn't want to do anything too soon after the tragedies," explained student council supervisor Kim Swanson. "They decided to do a color run because they are fun and bright."

Similar runs such as the Color Run and Color Dash have popped up all over the country in recent years.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The run will start at 10 a.m. in the east parking lot of the school. Live music will be provided by Theresa French and Triton student bands. The student council has arranged for the Ruud family from Hayfield to speak (they lost their son Nathan to suicide in 2011) as well as the Sikel family. Hot dogs, chips and water will be served.

"We're trying to get as much donated as we can so the majority of the money raised will go to the Yellow Ribbon Project instead of the costs of the event," Swanson said. The colored cornstarch that makes the run so colorful is being bought with money that has already been donated to the event. Participants that register on or before September 9 are guaranteed a T-shirt, participants that register the day of the event or after September 9, will not be guaranteed a shirt.

A registration form is available on the Triton website A Triton link is also on the CNC website,

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