The Delta Zeta sorority of WTAMU will be holding their first color run at the Buffalo Sports Park on Oct. 27. The 1.6-mile race will begin at 9 a.m.
The entry fee for the race is $10 and participants can register up until Saturday morning before the race. Registration forms can be found in residence halls, the JBK Student Center or from any Delta Zeta member. Forms will also be posted on Facebook so participants can print it off and turn it in to one of the members. Once racers are registered, they will need to wear all-white clothes for the paint splashing.
“There will be markers where three sections will be set up: mild, moderate, and heavy. It depends on the person’s preference and how much paint they want on them to which line they will choose to go through,” Logan Strownmat, Delta Zeta President said.
All campus organizations have the chance to sponsor a color for 75 dollars. This means they will be able to name the color and bring any of their advertisements to the race. The organization will be assigned a checkpoint. They will be responsible for throwing their particular color at the participants.
All proceeds for the event will go to The Painted Turtle Camp. The camp is a summer camp for chronically ill children and their families.
Briana Harvell, Delta Zeta philanthropy chair, said the camp is designed for the children to foster personal growth as well as build relationships with other children and families who are in the same situation.
The Delta Zetas adopted The Painted Turtle camp as their national philanthropy in 2006. They have 58 active women who will all be helping at the Color Run.
“The Painted Turtle Camp was a perfect fit for us because number one we like helping people and secondly their turtle mascot matches our mascot, so they are definitely a perfect fit for us,” Delta Zeta College Chapter Director Farrah Shah said.
The camp is funded strictly from donations and volunteers. It is one of the many camps sponsored by Paul Newman and his Hole in the Wall camps. Tuition for the families attending the camp is paid for in full and there is a full-time staff of doctors and nurses available for the children.
“The kids get to experience a whole week of feeling as normal as they can and be surrounded by others that are just like them,” Shah said. “It’s one thing that they can experience all together as a family unit with doctors and nurses who are all specialized in their fields.”
In addition to the race, the Delta Zetas will be holding a school supply donation drive. All supplies will be sent to The Painted Turtle Camp. Delta Zeta members will be in the JBK Oct. 23 handing out flyers for the event and registration forms for the Color Run. They will be collecting supplies in JBK on Oct. 24 and 25. Necessary supplies include six-packs of crayons, Ziploc bags of all sizes, multiple colors of duct tape, washable markers, masking tape, glue, multiple colors of permanent markers, non-latex gloves, sunscreen, clear tape, hand sanitizer, and gift cards to Wal-Mart.