Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run is a fun and unique event where 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. Packet pick-up will be available on Friday, June 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Port and Saturday, June 8th from 7 to 8 a.m. at Heritage Port. To register, you can email for a printable race application or go to https:

Following the race, participants can enjoy refreshments, door prizes, an awards ceremony, and music provided by Nick Arno Entertainment. Participants who are pre-registered by May 24 are guaranteed a T-shirt and a race bag of goodies including a pair of sunglasses. Participants are encouraged to wear white to fully engage in the "color me process."

Title Sponsors for this year’s event are Cassidy, Cogan, Shapell & Voegelin, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, Rohrig Heavy Equipment Maintenance, WTRF, Lamar Advertising, Subway, and DiCarlo’s Pizza (St. Clairsville). 

Race Director Staci Stephen said, "We are excited for this year’s Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run! The race is a family friendly event that raises money for local children with autism that attend ALLC. After participants cross the finish line, they can join us for music, awards, door prizes, refreshments and get their picture taken with Spike and Ohio Valley Batman! Although we will be giving out awards following the race, it's the kids at ALLC that are the true winners! We hope to see the entire Ohio Valley there!"

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 20th 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 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and the top finisher in 70+.