On Saturday, March 23 Illinois University, home of Eta Sigma Gamma’s Pi Chapter to be part of the Color Craze 5k. This was the inaugural year of the 5k which supported Special Olympics Western Illinois Area 4. The objective of the event, which took several months to plan, was to not only raise funds, but also to get people active and show them that exercise can be enjoyable.
Participants could choose to either walk or run during this untimed event; attracting both beginners and avid runners. During check in, registrants received a white t-shirt with the Color Craze 5k logo and a color packet to be used at the end during the celebratory dance party. There were participants as old as seven and as young as 88 who were splattered with colored powder made of cornstarch at six different stations along the route. Once the participants crossed the finish line, they were greeted with water and a variety of snacks including fresh fruit, granola bars, and muffins.
After the last participant crossed the finish line, the Zumba dance party began. It was led by three fitness instructors accompanied by a DJ who kept the crowd energetic and excited with his music selection. Every 15 minutes during the dance party, the crowd was again showered with color by ESG members and volunteers. There were also door prizes given away which included gym memberships and grocery store gift cards. The Color Craze 5k was a huge success and will likely become an annual springtime event for the Pi Chapter.