ALBANY, Ga. — Officials from the Flint RiverQuarium and Darton State College are planning to host Albany's first 5k color run and music festival.
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The Color the Grove 5K is set for April 27, Flint RiverQuarium Spokesperson Wendy Bellacomo said during a press conference Tuesday. The course route will wind through historic Albany neighborhoods and along the RiverFront Trail before ending at the Art Park on Pine.
All along the way, volunteers will throw colored corn starch at runners, who are encouraged to wear light-colored clothing to have the maximum effect, Bellacomo said.
"Color runs are gaining popularity around the country, so we thought it would be cool to bring this idea to Albany," Bellacomo said. "And the people over at Darton were eager to join up."
Proceeds from the race will be split between the RiverQuarium and the Darton College Athletics Department for athletic scholarships.
Registration will open on race day at 10 a.m.
Live music is scheduled for before and during the race, which is set to start at 2 p.m. The main concert, featuring country singer Cole Taylor, is set for later that evening on the Darton campus.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., and the concert will kick off with a giant color throw at 4:45 p.m. Also scheduled to perform are Abigail Rose and Relapse.
Darton Assistant Director of Athletics Glenn Eames said Tuesday that race registration will get runners free admittance to the concert. Otherwise, concert cost is $12 per person.
"Obviously, the goal of any fundraiser is to raise funds, but we wanted to do it in a manner that would kind of promote both organizations and in a way that is fun for the community and brings the community together," Eames said.
Registration for the race and concert is $30 per person until April 17 and $35 from April 18 until race day. Registration is available online at www.colorthegrove.com or by clicking HERE