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New route for colorful 5K run in Aurora this summer

Updated: April 1, 2014 9:53AM



AURORA — In its second year, a colorful summer 5K will adopt a new race course in Aurora.

The city’s Government Operations Committee unanimously approved a new route for the Color Vibe 5K in Aurora this week.

Last year’s race course, which utilized the Fox River Trail, was not big enough to accommodate all of the runners the 5K brought to downtown, said Ken Maurice, coordinator of Youth and Senior Services. Instead, the race will first head to downtown streets this year — Broadway to Benton Street to River Street — before hitting the Fox River Trail and ending at RiverEdge Park.

This year’s June 15 race will also be staged on a Sunday instead of a Saturday to avoid additional traffic in the area from the Aurora Farmers Market, said Daniel Pete, an event organizer with Utah-based Color Vibe.

More than 5,000 runners participated in the Color Vibe race last summer, Maurice said. Only about 800 of those runners were from Aurora, Pete said.

“It’s really good for your community because it bring in so many people from surrounding communities and states,” he said.

Like other color runs, participants in the Color Vibe 5K, who usually wear white, are doused with colorful powder during the course of the race.

Tickets to the Aurora race, which start at $40, go on sale soon, Pete said. Participants can register at www.thecolorvibe.com/aurora.php.

A portion of the race proceeds will benefit Aurora non-profit Communities in Schools.



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