Rapides Cancer Center’s fourth Colors of Courage 5K and Color Run is set for Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m.
Last year, 250 people took part to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The name Colors of Courage comes from the various forms of cancer and the color associated with each. There also are seven color stations throughout the 3.1-mile route where volunteers shower willing participants with a colored powder, made of food-grade corn starch.
“Cancer affects everyone,” said Theresa Hood, RNC, BSN, MS, Director of Education at Rapides Regional Medical Center. “The run celebrates our cancer survivors, encourages those who are currently battling cancer and remembers those who fought the good fight.
“This run allows you to support your loved one who may be impacted by cancer while raising money to one day find a cure for cancer.”
The first three Colors of Courage raised more than $17,000 for the American Cancer Society.
”The turnout has been phenomenal,” said Hood. “We’ve had families participate. We’ve had cancer patients walking and we’ve had cancer survivors walking. This is truly an event for everyone.”
The race route remains the same, starting in downtown Alexandria on Sixth Street between the Rapides Cancer Center and Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The route travels through downtown Alexandria, the Garden District and finishes on Scott Street in front of the Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center.
Registration is $30 and includes chip-timing. Everyone who registers by March 25 is guaranteed a white event T-shirt.
Runners may pick up their race packets from noon until 5:45 p.m. on race day at the Rapides Cancer Center, located at 605 Medical Center Drive.