Trees are beginning to show green leaves, grass is getting brighter, the sun is staying out longer and, overall, the world is getting a little more colorful with the changing of seasons.

But nature isn’t the only source of that color — so is the 3rd Annual Color Splash Dash. The event is a 5K run/walk hosted by Hiawatha High School and business teacher Kathy Lindstrom’s marketing class. The race will take place on Saturday, May 7, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and the race beginning at 8 a.m. The cost for entry will be $20 per individual, or $15 per individual if on a team of four or more. Color run T-shirts will be provided and available on the day of.

This will be the third time the Color Splash Dash has been put on here in Hiawatha, but for those who have participated before, there will be some changes. For the first time, the race route will not go through town, but instead will begin at the high school parking lot and follow the walking trail. HHS senior Ethan Pierce, the man in charge of organizing the race, had some encouraging words for those who might be on the fence about joining the race.

“First of all, this is much more fun than a regular 5K. You get a colorful shirt, and all the money goes to benefit the school,” said Pierce.

Each year the money has gone to different causes within the school and community; last year’s funds were given to Little Hands Daycare. Some suggestions for the use of this year’s proceeds have been to buy new plants for the library, new trashcan lids for the garbage cans outside the school or picnic tables to go around the stadium and walking trail, depending upon the amount of money raised at the event.

If you or a your team is interested in signing up early you can visit hiawathaschools.org or contact Kathy Lindstrom at klindstrom@usd415.org with any questions.

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