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Color Run takes off on newly paved trail

Brett Bremer

Sports Editor

There was at least as as much action at the starting line of the 2019 Nashville Sesquicentennial Color Run, a 5K run/walk that began Saturday morning at the Quaker Brook Bridge in Nashville, as there was at the finish line at the end of the race.

The Barry County Parks & Recreation Board and the Barry County Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly paved section of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail that runs from M-66 west over the bridge and just north of Fuller Street Elementary school. The section was paved in conjunction with MDOT projects currently ongoing in the Nashville area.

There are hopes for pavement to extend in both directions on the trail from there are some point in the future.

Not long after the ribbon fell, the colors flew for the start of the Color Run.

“I wanted to do something for the younger crowd to bring them into the sesquicentennial, something more active,” events coordinator Tanett Hodge said.

The run drew 167 entrants, who checked in across M-79 at Fuller Street Elementary before heading to the start line at the bridge on the trail.

The crowd gathered at the start for counted down from five to release their pink, purple, teal and orange powders into the air. Once the colors flew, the bullhorn started to begin the race.

“We had 167 registered, which totally blew me away,” Hodge said. “I couldn't believe it.

“We are hoping to make it an annual happening,” she added. “There is talk of the Duck Derby being an annual thing and they might combine it with some other things that are already going on in the fall, but that hasn't been finalized.”

Runners were bombarded with more blue, pink and orange colors at stations throughout the run/walk. There was a cooling station at the midway point of the race, offering water and Gatorade up to thirsty runners.

Medals with the Nashville Sesquicentennial logo and colorful ribbons were passed out to finishers at the end of the race, near the trailhead just off of M-66 where a photo station was set up as well.

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