Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run is a fun experience in which participants are covered, coated, swathed and plastered with dry tempera paint powder at stations throughout the course. The run and walk begin at 8:30 a.m. June 10. Packet pick-up will be June 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Heritage Port and June 10, 7-8 a.m., at Heritage Port. To register, email for a printable race application or visit

Participants are encouraged to wear white.

Following the race, participants can enjoy refreshments, door prizes, awards ceremony, a photo booth and music provided by DJ Nick Arno.

Title Sponsors are T.D. Williamson, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, WTRF, Lamar Advertising, Subway, DiCarlo's Pizza Sherrard, and Cassidy, Cogan, Shapell, & Voegelin. Bob Contraguerro Sr., owner of title sponsor Pandhandle Cleaning & Restoration said, "We love being part of the process that gives the kids the opportunity to succeed." Panhandle is donating all of the water for Color Me Au-Some 5K, including the specialized labels that include the Color Me Au- Some 5K logo.

The Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk and Run course incorporates one of the city's oldest and most recognizable landmarks, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The course starts at the picturesque Wheeling Waterfront, goes south to 21st Street, up Market St. to 10th Street, across the Suspension Bridge, around Wheeling Island, back over the Suspension Bridge, and down Main Street, returning to the waterfront.

Awards will be given to the top 5 female and male walkers and runners and the top three female and male finishers in the following age categories: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and the top finisher in 70+.

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