The first Color Me Rad 5K at MSUM is kicking off a full day of events for the athletic department, which also includes the parade along with soccer and football games.
“With MSUM celebrating its 125th year, the Color Me Rad is making homecoming extra special,” assistant athletic director for external relations Gloria Riopelle said.
Riopelle said there are a couple thousand participants registered for the event, and there are still spots available for people to sign up.
The registration fee is $40 until the day of the race and $50 the day of. Use the promo code ‘MSUM’ and receive 10 percent off your registration fee. Participants can register online by going to msumdragons.com/colormerad or at colormerad.com and searching for the Moorhead/Fargo race.
“We encourage people to use the ‘MSUM’ promo code,” Riopelle said, “and we would love to have as many people come and join us as they can.”
Participants will receive a T-shirt, sunglasses, a goodie bag and a little color added while on the course.
The start/finish line is behind the football field. The route is mainly on campus with color stations along the route.
Riopelle said there will be three waves to start the runners and walkers. The first is at 9 a.m. then 9:20 and 9:40.
“It’s not competitive, it isn’t a timed race … it’s more fun where you can dress up and have a team,” Riopelle said. “Everyone can enjoy themselves.”
A portion of the registration fees will benefit Dragon athletic scholarships and the Dragon Entertainment Group.
If you don’t want to run or walk the Color Me Rad 5K Riopelle said they are still looking for volunteers. You can contact her or Robert Jones for more information.
Packet pickup is Friday, Sept. 27 in Nemzek. Those registered will receive an email from Color Me Rad with more details about when and where to pick up the packets.
Those taking part should be at Nemzek by 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.
One word to describe the event Riopelle said is, “colorful.”
With color flying all around MSUM during the Color Me Rad 5K, it will be an event that adds to the homecoming experience.
Before the Color Me Rad event, the athletic department is kicking off Homecoming on Monday, Sept. 23, with the Dragon Dog Fest at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
The event is open to all MSUM students, faculty and staff along with the community of Moorhead. Starting at 5 p.m. there will be barbecuing and games, followed by the pep rally at 8 p.m.
BY BREANN LENZMEIER