LAYTON -- What began with a sea of runners in white T-shirts, ended with a brightly colored cloud of dust filled with hundreds of smiling faces.
East Layton Elementary School held a 5K "Color Blast" fun run Friday night as a fundraiser for their Parent-Teacher Organization.
More than 400 runners lined up on the school grounds to participate in the race that required them to be "blasted" with colored starch throughout the race. Runners ran through the neighborhood surrounding the school, as volunteers tossed handfuls of the colored substance in their direction.
"It's hard to breathe, it gets in your eyes, it gets in your mouth, but I would do it again," said Kaysville resident Troy Spackman.
Spackman said he and his family participate in many running events, including marathons, relay races and 5Ks.
This race appealed to them largely because of the color aspect.
"It makes it a lot more fun. It's just a positive experience," Spackman said.
The elementary school has been doing 5K races for several years as fundraisers for the Parent-Teacher Organization. This year organizers decided to add color to the race to make in more interesting. The increased positive response from the public was significant, Principal Jody Schaap said.
"It is pretty pricey to participate in a commercial (color run.) Where we are doing it to raise funds, and not pay salaries, people have come that are not even part of our school boundaries. This is a cheap (race) and we want kids to participate," Schaap said.
Ashley Larson and Paige Hill ran the race with their 10-year-old sons, who attend East Layton Elementary. Their boys ran the race together and were among the first children to cross the finish line. They were covered in colored starch from head to toe.
"It's fun for the kids to be athletic and active and exercise and have it be fun," said Larson, whose face was dusted with splotches of color.
"Getting color blasted and running was fun," said her son, Tayson Larson.
Layton resident Isaac Hunter said he came to the race to experience what he called the "fun, but annoying" bursts of color.
"Running is my favorite sport," Isaac, 11, said of his reason for participating in the race.
Schaap said the profits from the race will fund activities sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization, such as field trips, teacher appreciation, field day and Red Ribbon Week.