Signal Centers will host the inaugural Color Me Chattanooga 5K, a colorful and festive non-competitive walk/run on Saturday, April 6, from 3–5 p.m. The full course is just over three miles, beginning at AT&T Field and ending at the Chattanooga Green.
Frank Burke is honorary chair while Stan McCright will be helming the event. Unlike similar national color-type runs, all net proceeds will be used locally to benefit people with disabilities.
“Signal Center’s participants have challenges but are always reaching for independence," said Donna McConnico, Signal Centers’ CEO. "Color Me Chattanooga gives us the chance to make a difference in the quality of life, education and work for some wonderful families.”
Participants begin the race with white “Color Me Chattanooga” T-shirts and will be splattered, sprinkled, soaked and showered with colored cornstarch every ¾ mile. The after-party will include additional blasts and bombs of color, music, food and drinks.
Registration is $35 until March 15, $40 thereafter. Children 10 and under are $10. Register online at www.ColorMeChattanooga.com. There are opportunities to sponsor the event or volunteer. For more information on the event as well as sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit www.ColorMeChattanooga.com.
"Don’t call them disabled," said Mr. McCright. "Ability is defined differently for everyone. I’ve never met more abled people in my life than those who enjoy the programs at Signal Centers. What we have is an opportunity to contribute to our own neighbors’ successes."
For more information on Signal Centers, visit www.signalcenters.org.
Signal Centers’ Mission is to strengthen children, adults, and families through services focusing on disabilities, early childhood education, and self-sufficiency. Programs include educational and therapeutic services to children; assessments, education, skill training, job development, and support services for adults; assistive technology evaluations and consultations, training, and support for individuals with varying disabilities; training, resources, and referrals to parents and child care providers; and resources and information to families.