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Regatta color dash to honor Ken Moser

WORTHINGTON -- The annual Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival will once again feature a color dash, and this year it has a different name.

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Participants from last year's color dash have fun with paint. (Special to the Globe)

WORTHINGTON - The annual Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival will once again feature a color dash, and this year it has a different name.

Dubbed the 2017 Ken Moser Memorial Regatta Run/Walk, this year’s colorful race will honor the Worthington resident who died Feb. 27 after a month-long battle with cancer.

To celebrate Moser’s efforts in the Worthington community, 50 percent of proceeds from the run/walk will go toward the new YMCA “Family2Family” mentoring program, an extension of its Y Pals mentoring program.

“The concept is about getting families engaged with other families and helping them with what other needs there might be,” said Andy Johnson, CEO and executive director of the Worthington Area YMCA.

This year marks the fifth year of the Regatta race, in which participants can choose to run or walk at whatever speed works best for them.

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The event starts at 10 a.m. June 10 in the parking lot at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street. Before the race there will be dance competitions, a hula-hoop contest and live music.

Participants will be given white T-shirts for the run/walk, but by the time they cross the finish line, they’ll be wearing colorful works of modern art. On the scenic 3.1-mile course, dashers will be sprayed with a different color of non-toxic powdered paint at every kilometer.

Once everyone has finished, participants will get together for a “color explosion,” throwing their packets of powdered paint in the sky all at once.

“It’s a really fun event,” Johnson said. “Four years ago, we did this and it was pouring rain. And people still had a blast, so it’s a rain or shine event.”

To attend, register online at http://www.cd5k.com . Anyone interested in volunteering with the event may contact Johnson at andy.johnson@ymcaworthington.org .

The new mentoring program, still in development, will be partially funded by a grant from the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

Johnson said it’s being done in the spirit of Moser’s work in the community, inspired by his adage “Be the adult that you needed when you were a kid.”

“He did so many things for so many people in the community, many that were unknown,” Johnson said. “He was on so many boards, so many committees, and most people didn’t know about it.”

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Participants from last year's color dash have fun with powdered paint. (Special to the Globe)

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