VACAVILLE — Participants in a 5-kilometer run at Lagoon Valley Park crossed the finish line Saturday with a fresh coat of color.
Cheers as well as pink, purple, yellow and green powder greeted families who walked, ran or rolled in the Alpha Color Blast to support Alpha Pregnancy Clinics of Northern California. Participants of all ages showed their support in the 5K run or 2-mile walk that concluded with a color party hosted by a DJ.
Beth Davisson, of Fairfield, and her daughter, Danielle, 12, joined friends to support the cause and try a color run for the first time.
“It made the run easy – people cheering . . . and throwing color at you,” said Beth Davisson after crossing the finish line with company.
Her childhood friend Suzie Andersen, of Sacramento, said she saw more children than usual at this particular run.
“That’s something that you don’t normally see,” she said.
More than 300 people participated in Saturday’s color run, said Alpha’s executive director, Diedre Eckle. It was the nonprofit’s second Alpha Color Blast, after raising about $13,000 in its inaugural run this summer.
“June was so successful that we decided to do a second one in the fall,” said Eckle, who said she would like to make the Alpha Color Blast an annual event.
About 100 of Saturday’s participants included members from Fairfield’s Parkway Community Church, Eckle said. And 20 people came from North Hills Christian Church in Vacaville. Other supporters and vendors included Fleet Feet Sports, which provided gift bags, CrossFit Vacaville, Jamba Juice, SF Apparel and Fitness 19, Eckle said.
Parkway parishioner Ron Guffey, who needs hip replacement surgery, was showing his support from a truck seat on a set of wagon wheels. He said the church’s pastor towed him through the course with the help of a few others.
“We even got airborne on one bump,” said Guffey. “I closed my eyes, and we were airborne.”
The Rev. Dan Deckard said Parkway church members came out for the run to help the nonprofit.
“We just wanted to do it together to support Alpha – we think it’s a great organization,” he said.
Alpha Pregnancy Clinics offers counseling, medical services and education for pregnant women. It has clinics in Fairfield, Vacaville and Napa as well as a mobile unit that travels around Solano County.
“When a girl walks into Alpha . . . (we) give her education, which includes ultrasound, so she can make an informed decision about her pregnancy,” said Eckle. “We don’t make the decision for her, we give her education on all of her choices.”
For more information, call Alpha’s Fairfield clinic, 1044 Empire St., at 428-3300 or the Vacaville clinic, 138 S. Orchard Ave., at 449-8996.
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