A fun run with a difference took place at Wexford Racecourse on Bank Holiday Monday last. Whereas most events of this type focus on the fitness element, with perhaps a sprinkling of light entertainment thrown in, the people behind the Loreto 5k Colour Run chose to make their day one to remember.
The simple addition of paint, in a dry powdered form, ensured that, instead of personal bests and fast times, the race was on to see who could get the most colours on their pristine white t-shirts.
Organised to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House, which supports families whose children are seriously ill in hospital, members of the public were encouraged to bring their children, their pets and everything in between for what was billed as a day for all the family.
In addition to the main event there was also a bouncy castle, an obstacle course, face painting and a barbecue for tired runners to replenish their energy. And by the day's end, a remarkable €7,000 had been raised for the chosen charity.
Eileen Roe, who is a student at the Loreto, explained why they chose Ronald McDonald House. 'A member of staff used their services last year and when we found out about it we decided to show support for the teacher by having a fundraiser in aid of them. Ruth Kennedy was the teacher in charge, and there was a committee of 30 Transition Year girls who helped, and Geraldine Martin, another teacher, also helped. SK Fitness were our main sponsors.'