April 15, 2014

“Colors of the Earth” 5k Fun Run at ACUA’s Earth Day Festival April 27, 2014

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) has added a burst of color to this year’s Earth Day celebration. ACUA’s Earth Day 5k has been a longstanding keystone event kicking off ACUA’s annual event. This year, the race will be much more colorful.

“The Colors of the Earth 5k is a fun way to promote activity and good health,” ACUA President Rick Dovey explained. “It’s not about how fast you make it to the finish line. It’s more about bringing people together to have a good time.”  For this year’s Earth Day Run at ACUA, the race will be untimed. As runners follow the course they will pass through color stations where volunteers will blast runners with dyed cornstarch. The race is open to runners of all fitness levels, ages and backgrounds. Participation is limited to the first 200 participants. 

ACUA’s course covers unique terrain, taking participants up to one of the highest points in Atlantic County, the top of ACUA’s landfill. Runners will finish the race at the apex of the landfill, in a burst of color and a blast of music, with WAYV onsite from 8 to 10 a.m. with music, interactive games, prizes and DJ.

Pre-registration is required. All proceeds from the run will benefit the South Jersey Field of Dreams. This initiative is transforming a baseball field donated by the City of Absecon at the Dr. Jonathan Pitney Recreation Park into an accessible ball field which can enable kids and adults with physical or mental disabilities to participate and play baseball.

The cost to enter the Colors of the Earth Run is $20 and children 5 and under are free. The registration fee includes a reusable bag with a shirt, sunglasses and color packet.  Check in for the Run will be from 7 to 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Run will start off a full day of activities and entertainment as ACUA’s 24th annual Earth Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m., featuring free workshops, vendors, two stages of entertainment, food, fun and over 150 vendors.  The event is rain or shine and all ages are encouraged to attend this fun and educational event held at ACUA’s Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.

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