Girl Scouts show their colors raising money on the run

  • Lauren Bernard tosses orange dust at two runners during the “color run” Saturday, hosted by the Easthampton and Southampton Girl Scout troops. The dust was made from corn starch and food coloring. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Girl Scouts from various troops at the “color run” Saturday. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Katelyn Fedora, 10, makes a lap after passing the purple color station, with Katherine Simmons, 10, right behind her at the “color run” Saturday. Both girls are from Southampton. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Published: 9/30/2017 5:38:17 PM

WESTHAMPTON — Splatters of neon-colored dust on the parking lot behind Hampshire Regional High School contrasted with the overcast skies on Saturday after the “color run” 5,000-meter race hosted by Easthampton and Southampton Girl Scout troops.

An estimated 60 runners, from ages 6 to 67, ran all or part of the 3.1-mile course. Volunteers stationed along the route threw cupfuls of colored powder on the runners as they raced by.

“Getting covered was honestly the best part,” said nine-year-old Evie Palmer from Southampton, one of the Girl Scouts who helped organize the event.

The winner? Goshen native Serena Griswold, who beat the competition with a time of “about twenty minutes,” she said.

“I’ve never won a race before,” said the 16-year-old, who has also competed in Northampton’s Hot Chocolate 5k.

Griswold’s teammates on the Hampshire lacrosse team were selling baked goods and snacks at the race to raise money for new uniforms and paint for the lacrosse fields.

Organizer and troop leader Heather Brophy conceived the event as a way for the local Girl Scout troops to raise money for a trailer to house their camping equipment. Brophy said the profits will also go towards helping the community: the Girl Scouts plan to buy blankets for fire departments and assemble bags of necessities for children in foster care.

All in all, Brophy estimates that the Girl Scouts raised about $1,000. Brophy hopes to hold to event again next year, but maybe earlier in the season, when the weather is nicer. But, she said, the young Girl Scouts were not deterred by the gloomy forecast.

“I’m surprised; they really powered through the rain,” Brophy said.

After the race a group of Scouts helped clean up — and practiced their gymnastics moves on the fields behind the High School.

“It was fun just being with all the Girl Scouts,” said nine-year-old Bethany Tobiasz of Southampton. Her fellow troop member, Evie Palmer, agreed.

“The good thing about the run was that you didn’t have to run,” Evie said. “You could walk or you could skip.”

Brophy and the other organizers made their own colored powder from corn starch and food coloring. She said the event was a lot of fun, with parents throwing colored dust at each other.

“Even the adults were acting like little kids,” Brophy said. “We’re going to be seeing colored hair for quite a while.”


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