Color Run, Walk-A-Thon to benefit Freedom House Adult and Teen Challenge

Cassandra Hayworth of Checotah raises her arms as she gets splashed with colored powder during last year's 5K Color Run and Walk-A-Thon at the Checotah Sports Complex. This year's run is scheduled for Sept. 14.

For this year's 5K Color Run and Walk-A-Thon at the Checotah Sports Complex, the weather's expected to be better.

"We had our first one last year in the first week of April, and it was super cold," said Stephanie Faulkner, the marketing coordinator for the Freedom House Adult and Teen Challenge. "The weather should be nicer."

This year's event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 14.

Faulkner and Freedom House Program Manager Kathy Love came up with the idea to have the run.

"We saw what other places have done to bring awareness to the dangers of drug abuse," Faulkner said. "Everybody is affected by drug abuse. We wanted to raise the awareness in Checotah and the surrounding communities."

Last year's event attracted 80 participants. Faulkner expects that number to grow.

"We're hoping for 200 people," she said. "We have 45 signed up so far. It's a lot of work to put this on, but it's worth it in the end. It's going to be fun and a great day."

Patrick and Karen Coon started the Freedom House, which is in its 11th year.

"She has a heart for lost women who want to get help and separate from the bondage of addiction," Faulkner said.

The Checotah program is one of seven in the state and other locations include Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Sapulpa, Disney, Jay and Cache. Freedom House accepts women between 18 and 70 years old.

The event gets its name from the colored powder, a combination of corn starch and food dye, spayed on participants during the run and walk.

Like last year, adults and children can sign up for the event with $25 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children who are younger than 5 will not be charged. All of the money from the run will go back into the Freedom House.

"The money will go to help save another lady's life," Faulkner said.

After the run, prizes will be awarded to runners who place, who are the best dressed and raise the most money. Vendors and drag awareness booths will be set up at the complex.

If you go

WHAT: 5K Color Run and Walk-A-Thon.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sept. 14.

WHERE: Checotah Sports Complex, North Broadway and Friendship Lane.

INFORMATION: (918) 473-3462.

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