LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Color Vibe, a “vibrantly colorful” 5k fun run company, hosted the Fort Myers Color Vibe 5k for people of all ages on Saturday, March 22, at the Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, in North Fort Myers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
Throughout the course, participants run, walk or dance their way through color stations, where vibrant colors tie-dye white outfits and costumes. When it’s over, everyone is invited to stay for a large colorful dance party hosted by a professional sound crew and disc jockey. As Color Vibe’s website says, “You are the canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5 k run you’ll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece.”
“The Color Vibe 5 k is full of inspirational stories of runners and non-runners alike coming together to share a life experience, accomplish fitness goals, and become rainbow junkies,” says Taylor Spencer, Color Vibe Race Director. “We do not time our 5 k fun runs so every participant can take their time getting colored. ”
The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s mission is to overcome hunger through education and working with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.
“We are excited to donate and contribute to the 14.6 million meals that the Harry Chapin Food Bank provides annually to residents in Southwest Florida and help out a cause that affects so many,” Spencer says.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America and provides food to 150 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more. The food bank provides food for more than 30,000 individuals each month. In 2013 alone, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 17.5 million pounds of food, providing 14.6 million meals.
To make this event unique, the Color Vibe uses a cornstarch based colored powder to tie-dye participants. The colored powder is made from food-grade quality cornstarch using an advanced manufacturing process custom developed for the Color Vibe Race Series. It’s non-toxic and biodegradable. It also washes out easily from skin and hair.