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The world’s brightest 5k returns

Covered in color are participants from last year’s Color Dash in Worthington. Submitted Photo

WORTHINGTON — The dash that covers runners in blue, green, pink, orange and yellow hues will be back in town.

The Color Dash is returning to Worthington for the second time on June 7. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the dash kicks off at 10 a.m. at the corner of 10th Street and Second Avenue.

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The dash not only promotes being physically active, but giving back to the community as well. The event gives back 50 percent of the registration fees to local charities.

Last year, 700 dashers raised about $9,000 for the Worthington’s YMCA youth program Y Pals, which seeks to address the YMCA’s goal of youth development by providing them with supportive, adult role models as mentors.

This year, the plan is to do the same.

“Our number one goal is to help people enjoy physical activity, and have fun while doing it,” said Andy Johnson, executive director of the Worthington Area YMCA. “Fundraising just comes second and is an added bonus.”

Hamid Torabpour, dounder of the Color Dash, stated that his goal is to raise $2 million for local charities across the world.

“There are different varieties of Color Dashes or Color Runs, but what makes us different is that we give back to local charities,” said Torabpour. “The money we raised last year in Worthington, with only 700 dashers, would take some of those bigger color races to have thousands of participants to raise the same amount of money because they don’t give back as much as we do.”

The Color Dash begins with all participants wearing white. As the event continues, participants will be covered in a spectrum of colors, with a new color poured all over the dashers at each kilometer.

“It’s always fun to see what crazy things people will wear during the dash,” Johnson said. “Most people do wear white T-shirts, but a lot of people will wear crazy costumes and wigs, so we encourage people to dress crazy and have fun with it.”

Johnson added that the color is safe and non-toxic.

“The color will stick to your skin and clothes, but the Color Dash uses a non-toxic, non-irritating, food-grade colored corn starch,” Johnson said. “So running, walking, crawling or rolling through the dash is safe.”

Torabpour started with one color dash two years ago, but the success of the first dash created a demand throughout the U.S., and the dash has now gone international.

“So far, we are scheduled for 200 dashes this year,” Torabpour said. “Currently, we’re planning dashes in Switzerland and New Zealand, and I hope it just keeps growing from there.”

To add to the excitement of the dash, a DJ will be playing music, and there will be a dance and costume competition.

“We have a DJ who comes and entertains the crowd and he hands out free color packs for fun,” Johnson said. “At the end of the race, we all gather for the huge color explosion. The DJ counts down, and the entire group of people take their color packets and throw them in the air. It’s just the coolest.”

To register for the brightest 5k, visit

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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