It’s on my Bucket List to take part in a Color Run, and this year I’m lucky enough to be taking part in the NEC Color Run in Birmingham on 20th August 2016.
The Color Run, which is presented by Skittles, is a unique 5km run, celebrating health, happiness and having fun. The thousands of participants start the day in a white t-shirt and get covered in a whole rainbow of colours at each kilometer of the course, culminating in a huge ‘finish festival,’ complete with a mix of DJ’s and ‘Colour Throws.’
It looks like huge fun, and my friend and I will be participating just for the joy of running – I did the Birmingham Half-Marathon last year and raised hundreds of pounds for Dementia UK, but this year I am not specifically fundraising. However, there are a number of people who are taking the opportunity to raise money for worthy causes…
Joanne is part of a team from River Island who are raising money in memory of their store manager, Karl Ricketts, who sadly passed away unexpectedly in January this year. He was just 32 years old, with a beautiful wife Fay and two young daughters. I spoke to Joanne about the race:
“He had worked for River Island for over fifteen years and was highly respected. It was a total shock as Karl had not been ill. He was, in fact, in work the day before he collapsed at his home. In his memory and to celebrate his amazing personality, I came up with the idea of taking part in the Color Run – it was a way all his family, friends and colleagues could get together and do something positive for him. I would like to help raise a few pennies for his girls when they are older, whether it be put towards university or their first car. Karl was a great friend who I had worked with for many years. Work is definitely not the same without him!”
I love the generosity of the blogging world, and here is where you can help:
Joanne has set up a Just Giving page to raise donations. It’s for a wonderful cause, and any amount, however small, will be hugely appreciated! Here’s the link to make a donation…
As an added bonus, any blogger who makes a donation (and makes it known to me) will be entered into a prize draw to win a Blog of the Day spot here on Suzie Speaks! With 16,000 + readers, you’re almost certain to get some extra promotion!!
I’ll hopefully see some of you there! Now, where can I find a multi-coloured tutu???