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Color Run Draws Thousands

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Over 3,000 ran five kilometers while being pelted with colored powder. SUNY Broome’s fifth Color Run raised thousands of dollars for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, or MHAST.

The color run is part of a national series of 5K races, dedicated to a charity or organization of each community’s choosing. MHAST has hosted Binghamton’s Color Run for the past four years, raising a total of $70,000 for the organization.

Joanne Weir, Development Director of MHAST, said that mental health is an important cause for the Color Run.

“For us, the Color Run is a natural fit. We have a population of people that we deal with that see the world in black and white sometimes and this is a great opportunity for them to come out and experience all the joy and the color that they get.” - Joanne Weir, Development Director of MHAST

For over 90 years, MHAST has provided counseling and other mental health services for children and families as well as education, mentorship, and outreach. Their care center is open Monday to Friday.

“We try to put everything in place for people with a mental health diagnosis to function in our community. This run puts joy into people’s lives and celebrates their ability.” - Joanne Weir, Development Director of MHAST

Local businesses and organizations including United Health Services of Binghamton, KC Construction, and GHS Federal Credit Union sponsored the event. High school student Zachary Huizinga was the first to make it across the finish line.

“I was trying to get first place. This was my first year and I was just trying to get it!” - Zachary Huizinga, First Place at Color Run