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Chamber of Commerce Color Run brightens summer in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Healthy outdoor activity and cheerful colors combined to remind people that summer, and a light at the end of the tunnel from the isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have arrived during the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Fun Color Run 5K on Saturday.

“We started doing our color run in 2019 as an end to our spring fling activities which start at the beginning of May,” Fort Kent Chamber executive director Dona Saucier said. “We do spring fling as a kind of re-awakening from our winter hibernation. The color run is a nice way to round up all of that.”

The color run was put on hold last year, as were so many activities due to the pandemic.

“This [year’s] event really hit home the idea of what our spring fling is about — getting out of our hibernation mode and bringing people out into the community to enjoy ourselves,” Saucier said. “We haven’t done that in a long while, and we were, and are due, to enjoy each other’s company again and breateh in the fresh air and take advantage of what our communities have to offer.”

A total of 27 runners and walkers — 18 adults and 9 children — participated in the event.

Twenty-nine people participated in the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Fun Color Run 5K on Saturday. (Courtesy of Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce)

Volunteers sprayed participants with an assortment of colored powders at various spots along the course, which began and ended at the America’s First Mile Monument on Main Street.

David and Meaghan Clark of Wallagrass crossed the finish line neck and neck to tie for first place.

“My husband and I have always been runners,” Meaghan Clark said. “Some of our first dates were runs. While dating and throughout our marriage we have tried to run in as many races as we can together.”

Stephanie Chick and her running partner Raiza Ortega also enjoyed the 5K.
“We work out together every Saturday morning and this seemed like a fun alternative to going to the gym,” Stephanie Chick said. “Neither of us had ever done a color run before and always wanted to try it. We are looking forward to doing another one in the future.”

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