by Heather Colley
The third annual Horseman Color Run will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The event, organized by the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, has become a successful community event which last year drew almost 1,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators. The event is a major fundraiser for the Foundation, and last year’s proceeds helped create a new outdoor recess space for the Sleepy Hollow Middle School.
The event also serves an educational purpose. Physical education teachers in the lower grades use the event to focus students on the importance of exercise, outdoor activity, and healthy nutrition.
There are several races, including half-mile and one-mile races for younger runners, and a 5K race that takes in two looks of the riverfront park, including a trip around the famed Kingsland Point Lighthouse. During the race, the runners and walkers are sprayed with color (manufactured safely from corn starch). It is a non-competitive race where runners are encouraged to enjoy the experience, enjoy the stunning scenery, and get into an all-around colorful mood. Following the races, there will be music from a DJ and from local student bands, plenty of food, and fun activities for children.
To join in the fun, register at www.horsemancolorrun.myevent.com. There are discounted rates for registering early. On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the day of the event, with races starting at 9.30. Parking will be in the GM parking lot. The Kingsland lots will form part of the course and will not be open to traffic on the day of the event.