Runners out in force to embrace fun event
RESIDENTS of Alexandria were joined by people from Kenton and Port Alfred – as well as visitors from near and far – for Alexandria Christian Academy’s (ACA) first-ever Colour Run last Saturday.
Fun-runners gathered early in the morning at the 5km starting-point at the ACA sports grounds, ready and excited for the debut colour run.
Weather conditions were sunny and seemed to resemble a spring morning, and not a wintry one, when about 60 runners set off at the start of the race.
Spearheaded by teacher, Liezel Strydom, the colour run was organised as a fundraiser for ACA’s school bus fund and attracted young and old, family and friends of the school, as well as some dogs and a whole lot of ACA pupils.
At various points throughout the race, runners were splashed with colourful powder paint.
ACA Grade 9 pupil Rudaunne Nelson proved that he had the fastest legs and finished in first place on the day.
“The whole event went very well; it is challenging to organise but it worked out better than I expected,” Strydom said. “I am so pleased with all the feedback; everyone seemed to have loved it and it is definitely something that the Alex community needs,” he added.
Certificates and medals were handed to the first 50 runners, who wore their medals proudly for the rest of the day at the school mini-market and fun day.
When all the runners completed the course, a massive colourful “paint war” erupted where pupils, teachers and community friends drenched each other in paint. “It was such a beautiful day, everybody had such fun and all round people were smiling,” Strydom said.
The ACA Colour Run and fun day also managed to attract support from the Plettenberg Bay Christian Academy and El Shaddai Christian Academy in Port Alfred.
“Thank you to everyone who supported us and especially to those who came from far. We are looking at making this an annual event for Alexandria and look forward to growing it,” Strydom said.
She was also happy to report that the mini-market had been a great success and was overwhelmed with the support from stallholders as well as community members. “We need more events like this in Alexandria,” she said.