The happiest, most colorful foot race in McMinnville took place Saturday as Generations held its annual 5K.
“We haven’t had a Color Run in two years because of the pandemic so it’s nice to see everyone back and enjoying themselves,” said Debbie Hodge, event organizer. “We’ve added something new. As runners complete the race, they will be slimmed.”
Warren County High School cross country runner Alec Smith completed the 5K in approximately 19 minutes. The senior was aiming for a faster time.
“Eighteen minutes was my goal,” said Smith, who had a very determined look as he sprinted toward the finish line. “There towards the end, I thought someone was behind me. I thought I caught a glimpse of someone. It was definitely motivating me to give it all I had.”
The Color Run is an untimed event. However, Smith’s mother was on hand to perform that task.
Coming in second was Timothy Baker.
The race that allows participants to be doused with a burst, or two, of colored powder attracted some new faces.
“This is my first year,” said Patty Hodge wearing a pink tutu. “I’m having a ball. This is so much fun.”
The Generations Color Run is a fundraiser for the 32 residents who live in three local Generations homes overseen by Hodge. Money raised goes into an activities fund that pays for several outings and is used to buy gifts.
“These funds will go mainly to Christmas,” said Hodge. “I also plan on taking them to the zoo and to the aquarium. They love to go play putt putt golf in Murfreesboro. They love the movies.”
In attendance were McMinnville Fire Department, McMinnville Police Department, Friends of the Shelter, and Kids of the Community. Children were treated to face painting and animal balloons.
For winning the race, Smith was given a $25 cash prize and trophy. Baker was given a runner-up trophy.