Its not just a fad as the Color Dash enters its seventh year

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GERING, Neb. - (KNEP) - With its growing popularity throughout the years, the United Way continues its tradition this weekend with their 7th annual Color Dash.

People running while getting splashed with color during the United Way of Western Nebraska Color Dash (source KNEP)

Special Events Coordinator Krista Sarchet stated it all began because the board felt their golf tournament had run its course and they looked at the growing popularity of color runs going on throughout the country.

Since its inception they have seen a little plateau in attendance which Sarchet attributes that to more things going on in the community and people staying busy. She did say they have people constantly coming up to the United Way of Western Nebraska and telling they love the color dash. Others, who are trying it for the first time, tell Sarchet they love it and will come back.

Throughout the years they have added various elements to it and have brought back a water feature they had last year. It gives people an opportunity to cool down at the end of the run. The committee has talked about expanding it into a bit of a bubble run in the future.

This 5K non-competitive walk/run will feature eight organizations that will throw corn starch base bio-degradable powder at the participants. There will also be five pit-stops that will give people an opportunity to grab a drink or a quick snack.

All the proceeds will go to helping around 15 agencies in the area through the United Way. Sarchet said the added elements of the powder and the amount of people out change the atmosphere and make it more of a fun morning exercising.

People can still sign-up to participate in the event. The United Way of Western Nebraska will be at First State Bank from 10am to 4pm on Friday and they take runners all the way up to the start of the event on Saturday. They will have a costume contest at 7:45am on Saturday before the race kicks off at 8am at the Five Rocks Amphitheater.