Race adds a splash of color to winter white

By Adelle Whitefoot

Arctic Blast
ISHPEMING – Colorful powder went flying through the air and at participants of the first Arctic Blast Color Dash Saturday giving the white snow some flair.

About 290 people participated in the event, a 5K and Kids’ 1K snowshoe run. The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chambers of Commerce, which organized the event, set a goal of 150 participants, so they were pleased at the response and will most likely do it again next year, GINCC Executive Director Elizabeth Peterson said.

“I wanted see how the powder worked out and I wanted to see what people thought about the idea and I think the community has embraced it and I think it brought people into the community,” Peterson said. “I don’t see why we wouldn’t do it again. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Nevaeh Pifer, 11, participated in the Kids’ 1K and agreed that the run was a really good time.

“My favorite part was running with friends and just getting color all over,” Pifer said.

Katie Stevens of Marquette ran the 5K on Saturday morning. Stevens said she found out about the run when her friends asked her if she wanted to run with them.

“It was a lot of fun,” Stevens said. “It was neat being blasted with color. I’ve never done a race like this before.”

At the end of each race, participants were given a packet of the cornstarch-based color powder. The racers were gathered at the start/finish line and, as a celebration of completing the race, the packets were thrown into the air to create one last big color explosion.