Color maniacs run in Scranton

Lyssa Scott, Correspondent

Many local runners will head to Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pa., Oct. 5 with one goal in mind: to leave covered in color.

The Color Mania 5k benefits Marley’s Mission: Horses Healing Children. It will start at 10 a.m. and waves will go off every 10 minutes. The event will last until approximately 2 p.m. Admission is $55 until Oct. 4 or $65 at the starting line the day of the race.

All runners will be on the start line in white T-shirts, and as they run the 5k colored chalk will be blasted all over them, leaving their skin, clothes and hair an array of wild colors.

Color Mania partnered with Scranton Running Company for this event.

“Color Mania approached us,” Justin Sandy, manager at Scranton Running Company, said. “They try to partner with a running company in every region they have a race. They asked us and we were willing to join in on the venture.”

Sandy also said that this is the first year the Color Mania 5k is taking place in Scranton.

“A few of our runners are doing it. We have a diverse, nontraditional crowd,” Sandy said. “A lot of them are new runners who have lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle up until now, so they have a newly-developed love for running and are pretty enthusiastic about the upcoming 5k.”

Andrew Shamburg, sophomore, undeclared sciences major, said, “I hope to finish the race with a time somewhere around 23 minutes, and meet some new people. It’ll be cool to make friends with everyone colored in color.”

Color Mania 5k participants are referred to as color maniacs and, according to the website, “come from all different walks of life … no matter what shape, size, age, or speed.” Color Mania encourages Runners of all experience levels to participate.

For more information on registering for the race, visit Scranton Running Company or Color Mania’s website: