HOQUIAM — For the first time, and hopefully turning into an annual event, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor held its inaugural Rainbow Romp.
A 5-kilometer run or walk was set around Hoquiam High School, where a registered 70 individuals arrived to take part in the romp to raise money and awareness for the Rainbow House Crisis Nursery.
Angela Coulter, executive director at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor, located in Montesano, was on hand to explain the purpose of the event;
“We are raising money for the Rainbow House Crisis Nursery Center. The center helps those who are in need of emergency nursery care. Generally from eight to 72 hours. For example, if a family gets into a situation like a fire, and no additional family members can help out, the Crisis Center can provide temporary assistance. They are not a baby-sitting service, but can assist with real emergencies.”
The fundraiser, inspired in part from the Holi Dhamall celebration in India, the Festival of Colors, had a pre-determined 5K course with five “color” stations. The dry-colored powder or “gulal” was imported from India especially for this event.
“The powder is non-toxic and made especially for events like this,” said Coulter.
Participants started the course on the Hoquiam Grizzly track at the base of the grandstands and ran into Gable Park for their first splash of pink color. Set at each station, volunteers grabbed small scoops of the designated color and doused the runners as they passed. By the end, the colorful participants ran through the purple station, back in the middle of the track with broad smiles and a sense of accomplishment.
“We are all set for running this again next year. With everything we have from this year it will be easy to do. We just need to bring a few more people out.”