EUSTIS, Neb. – Tremendous participation during last year’s first ever Wurst Color Run on Wurst Tag weekend means the fun run is back by popular demand.
During last summer’s Run & Dye: the Wurst Color Run, almost 300 participants took part in the race, with 45 volunteers helping manage the event, said Kristy Wolf, co-director of the Wurst Color Run and a member of the Wurst Tag organizing committee.
This summer’s Wurst Color Run will be held the morning of Saturday, June 11. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. atMunicipalPark, next to the baseball field, in Eustis. The super family friendly 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. with the 5K Dash to follow at 10 a.m. The 5K Dash is geared more to fitness enthusiasts since the distance is longer at 3.1 miles, Wolf said, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from giving it a try. Participants can run or walk as much as they like since it is not a timed event. The 5K Dash will have color stations spread out each kilometer while the 1 Mile will have a station every .2 miles.
“Most people don't even notice the distance because there is so much fun along the way,” she said.
The color stations are spread out throughout each run route and consist of volunteers spraying participants with different colored powder as they run through, Wolf said. “By the end of the run everyone resembles a rainbow of sorts. The powder is actually dyed corn starch that is completely safe and environmentally friendly,” she said.
“Last year we had lots of kids and parents do that together, and the color stations help make the distance a non-issue,” Wolf said. Parents with very young children are invited to participate with their strollers, as all stroller-riding toddlers and babies can participate for free under their parent’s registration, she said.
For the really ambitious, there is also the option of Twice the Fun, in which runners can participate in both the 1 Mile Fun Run and the 5K Dash, she said.
If participants register online by June 9 the cost is $12 - for the 1 Mile Fun Run, $25 for the 5K Dash, and $30 for Twice the Fun. If you decide to join us on race day the prices will be $15 for the 1 Mile Fun Run, $30 for the 5K Dash, and $35 for Twice the Fun, Wolf said.
A new feature this year is the ability to win prizes through a random bib number drawing, Wolf said.
Prizes provided by sponsors include a Fitbit HR, a golf voucher for two at Lakeside Country Club that includes an 18-hole game with cart, as well as a 10-punch gym pass to the YMCA of Lexington. Also, the best themed group participating in the Color Run will win a $50 gift certificate to the Eustis Pool Hall, she said.
Each participant will be asked to put their bib number toward the prize of their choice and the lucky winner will be drawn after the 5K Dash.
Runners must be present to win, so make sure to hang out after the runs. “We will have water and bananas available for our runners that is being provided by H & J Grocery & Beverage. For all the spectators, we will have all kinds of snacks being sold by Eustis's Boy Scouts and the Eustis High School Cheerleaders,” she said.
The Wurst Color Run is only one of many family friendly events planned during the 37th Annual Wurst Tag June 10 – June 11, she said.
• The Jeff Debbban Memorial Poker Run is a new addition to Wurst Tag this year. Those interested in participating can sign up beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Darn Small Pub. If you do not have or ride a motorcycle, cars are invited to join along as well.
• A 4-point Pitch Tournament will be going on at 2:00 p.m., also at the Darn Small Pub.
• Kids can look forward to Kinder Games at theMethodistChurch from 2:30 - 4:00 that afternoon. Later that day people can check out the car show downtown, while enjoying some Kinderdancing starting at 5:00 and trying their hand dumping a local in the Dunk Tank.
• The annual German Supper and German Nachtishe (desserts) starts at 5:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. people can check out this year's pretzel eating contest.
• To cap off the day, Switchbak, a popularNebraska band, will begin to play at 7:30 p.m. with headliner, Charlie Robison to follow. You can buy advance concert tickets in Eustis at H & J Grocery and The Pool Hall, as well as all Eustis Body Shop locations. Tickets will also be available at the gate that evening with the beer tent opening at 4:00 p.m.
All proceeds made during the Wurst Tag festival go back to the community. This year, a primary focus is the Community Wellness Center Fund and that is where all of the Color Run proceeds will be going, Wolf said. The Jeff Debban Memorial Poker Run is planning on giving their proceeds to a local resident fighting breast cancer, she said.
“I think it's fair to say that a lot of people view Wurst Tag as an extra holiday. It's when a lot of people that no longer live in Eustis make the trek back to their hometown to see their friends and families; because that is when they know they will see everyone! For others that don't call Eustis home, it’s a great place to come visit and check out some German heritage as well as some great music,” Wolf said.
More information on the Wurst Color Run is available by visiting the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WurstColorRun/ or by visiting the registration page at https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/run-and-dye.
Participants and those registered for the Color Run the day of the event are strongly encouraged to come early to pick up their bib number and get signed in as there are a finite number of participants that can join each race, Wolf said.