Wintergreen, UMPI present northern Maine’s fifth annual color-filled 5K

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Wintergreen Arts Center are teaming up again to present one of The County’s most unique and fun-filled 5K fundraisers—the Fifth Annual Color Presque Isle 5K, where participants dress in white and get showered with colored powder throughout the course. The event, which serves as a benefit for arts programming in Presque Isle, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. starting at Riverside Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Color Presque Isle 5K events in past years have attracted hundreds of people of all ages, sizes and running abilities to take to the course, and raised thousands of dollars for downtown arts programming, and organizers are excited to do it all again.

“We are so pleased to be hosting our Color PI 5K again this year, and to be celebrating our milestone fifth year,” Rachel Rice, Color Presque Isle 5K event co-director with UMPI, said. “It’s so much fun to see families and friends gather together to get covered in color by our enthusiastic crew of volunteers. People always leave our events with big smiles and looking like walking works of art. It’s hard to believe that so much fun provides so much support for local arts programming, but we’re so glad it does and encourage everyone to come out on Aug. 26 to be a part of this very special event.”

Similar to other runs that have happened across the nation, this event involves volunteers dropping colored powder—it’s cornstarch-based, non-toxic and non-allergenic—on participants at various spots throughout the course, which begins at Riverside Park, heads up State St., stretches along Main St. to the UMPI campus, and loops back to Riverside Park.

“We’re very excited to celebrate the arts with our community for five years in a row with this special event and are packing in lots of fun, arts-focused activities before, during and after the 5K, including face painting and a kids’ art project,” Kim Guerrette-Michaud, event co-director and Wintergreen Arts Center board member, said. “We are incredibly grateful for all the community support we receive for this fun and family friendly event so that we can continue bringing high quality arts programming to our community.”

Funding from this year’s event will help to support scholarships and the after school program at Wintergreen Arts Center as well as UMPI’s Empty Bowls benefit and Visiting Artist Program.

The registration fee is $40; children under 10 are free. Registration is payable by cash or check (or by credit card online until 5 p.m. on Aug. 25). The registration fee includes a T-shirt for the first 100 paid registrants and a color packet to use during the color throw. Course maps will be available at check-in, which will be underway on Friday, Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Forum in Presque Isle, and on Saturday, Aug. 26 starting at 8 a.m. at Riverside Park. Register at www.umpi.edu/colorpresqueisle5k or in person at Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle.