More than 50 bright white shirts crossed the threshold of James McMynn Park in Midway Saturday far cleaner than they would be upon their return, after runners in the inaugural Marguerite Rotvold Memorial Colour Run dashed five kilometres of an out-and-back route along the Kettle River through purple, green, yellow, blue and pink plumes of dust tossed at them by volunteers.
The run was organized as a fundraiser for a planned spray park in Midway — a project that Rotvold herself was a supporter of.
“Marguerite was very determined to see a spray park in our community,” organizers said when they officially announced that the name of the future water playground would be the Marguerite Rotvold Memorial Spray Park.
Before runners crossed the start line Saturday, they were given one final piece of running motivation.
“We hope you enjoy the run and that your shirts return as bright and colourful, as was Marguerite.”
Upon the participants’ return, it was clear that they could have benefitted from the spray park to wash the colourful dyes out of their eyebrows, beards, shorts and shoes.