The Color Dash was held in Tioga today to help the city raise money to build a brand new community pool. Hundreds came out to support the cause and also get a little exercise.
The Tioga community pool has been unusable for almost two years. The city decided to fill it in because it was in such bad condition. After that, The Tioga Park Board decided to come up with a plan to help fix the problem.
“This is actually the first time we are doing the Color Dash.” Sarah Carkuff said. “We're doing it so we can raise money for our swimming pool that we're building this summer.”
“The people of Tioga and surrounding communities came out to show their support by going that extra mile” Jerry Huerta said.”
“I've raised all six of my children and several others.” Natalie Bugbee said. “I've done day care and enjoyed taking them to the pool and it's something that is in my blood and in my heart. And I think this is a super great opportunity for us to be able to pull together as a community and have a new pool that we can all enjoy and use.”
Around 550 runners started off the race at around 10 this morning and the route was designed for them to run around town. After touring the city, people hit the final stretch and were doused with colored cornstarch at the finish line.
“We got a local sponsor to bring in food as well.” Melissa Johnson said. “And we decided that maybe a costume contest would be a fun element as well. So we put that out there and you can see that some people are also wearing the costume so there is a contest for that.”
“I don't know. My boss is really creative.” Aliuska Solis said. “I'm sorry we are the walking dead. She decided let's do it and I said awesome.”
After the race, the runners got to enjoy some food and music. Then, the city received the proceeds for the event and the first step to a new pool.
The money the city received was for people pre-registering for the race. A lot of people registered today so the full amount will be determined at a later date.