FTKolor Run 2019
Gaige Gagnon | Staff Writer | Oct. 9, 2019
The annual FTKolor Run took place on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Depot and his year, the 5K was organized by GC Miracle in collaboration with Phi Mu and ATO.
GC Miracle and Phi Mu were raising money for the Children’s Hospital in Macon, while also donating a portion of their proceeds towards suicide prevention, ATO’s philanthropy.
The Children’s Hospital in Macon opened on Feb. 25 of this year. Navicent Health originally announced the project in June 2016.
GC Miracle is recognized for their fundraising efforts towards the Children’s Hospital. The FTKolor Run is one event that raises money for the hospital.
Ticket prices for the FTKolor Run were lowered from last year’s price of $20 to $10 this year to make the event more accessible.
The race began at 9 a.m. and most people had finished by 10 a.m.
Elizabeth McAlpine, a senior nursing major, is on GC Miracle and has been a part of the color run for 4 years.
“We ran around Milledgeville close to the dorms,” said McAlpine. “There are different color stations and we throw color all throughout.”
Powdered chalk is used to give the color run its animation. The bright mixes of color bring attention to the event.
“I’m a Phi Mu and this is my fourth color run,” said Avery Walker, senior MIS major. “In the past three years, I’ve thrown color but this year I decided to stay at the end of the race to be moral support for everyone.”
Walker loves participating in the FTKolor Run because it is an easy way to show up and help out to raise money for a good cause.
“We had a great turnout,” said Walker. “They were selling chicken biscuits, merchandise and apparel to raise money, so there were more ways to get involved than just running.”
ATO’s philanthropy is raising money for suicide prevention via the Will to Live Foundation. Tony Wyche, sophomore management major, runs ATO’s philanthropy. This is Wyche’s first color run.
“Our goal is to raise more than we made last year,” Wyche said. “This year we are shooting for $14,000.”
Henry Jones, senior MIS major, has worked with GC Miracle for two years, but this is his first color run.
“I thought it would be a fun way to raise money for a good cause,” Jones said. “There were a bunch of people recommending it for me, and I enjoy running.”
More information on the Will To Live Foun- dation can be found at will-to-live.org while the Children’s Hospi- tal of Macon’s website can be found at chil- drenshospitalnh.org