Colors fly in Nye Beach

A young girl is doused with the first of five colors during the fourth annual “Color the Coast” event on Saturday, Sept. 14. The color run was a fundraiser for the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. (Photo by Steve Card)

Community event for young and old alike

The colors were flying around Newport’s Nye Beach district on Saturday, Sept. 14, as more than 50 participants — young and old alike — took part in the fourth annual “Color the Coast” 3K color run.

This non-competitive event is a fundraiser for the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Money raised through the color run benefit OCCA’s general fund.

Jody Hanna, the event organizer and a member of the OCCA Board of Directors, said, “Everybody has such a good time. I love watching adults and young people come together and do anything. We had people who were in the 70s doing it, and we had people who were five doing it.”

Hanna added, “I had somebody say to me afterwards, ‘There aren’t a lot of events where everyone in the community could come. I love that we have this. It just brings such a sense of community.’ And I thought, what a cool way to look at it. It’s also fun to me that we have a little crossover between the arts and something athletic. You get to do some physical activity, and it supports the arts.”

The event started and finished at the Newport Performing Arts Center, with participants beginning with a clean palette — a white T-shirt. Volunteers were stationed at several locations around Nye Beach to douse the runners and walkers with food-grade, colored powder (cornstarch).

“I have about 25 volunteers show up to help, that was really great. That was the most volunteers we’ve ever had,” said Hanna. Among those were members of the Newport Police Volunteer Association.

Following the color run, there was a Color Festival Beach Party, which included music, dancing, more color throws and prizes.

Hanna expressed appreciation for the event sponsors who provided financial support. They were OC Eye Care, Doug Chadwick DDS, Wayne Belmont and Terry Thompson.

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