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Parks and Rec to host color run in downtown

Published 12:19pm Friday, April 26, 2013

I was secretly glad to be out of town last weekend and incapable of attending the last rolling of Toomer’s Corner. It would have been sad. My time at Auburn was priceless, and nothing can ever taint that.

It should be illegal to have as much fun as my friends and I had. The summer before senior year, I took a couple of mini-mesters. For six weeks, I had one 8 a.m. class. Where do you think I was by 10 a.m. everyday? If you guessed by the pool, you are correct! It pays to be a morning person.

Oh to be a college kid again with that much time on my hands!

The aerial shots of downtown Auburn are incredible, and I have so enjoyed pictures on Facebook of local Alex City-ians frolicking in the tissue. People pull together in times of tragedy, and beautiful things happen.

To get my Auburn fix this weekend, Jessica Sanford and I will be running the Finish on the 50 race. The race actually finished on the field at Jordan-Hare! It will be awesome. Follow Run Auburn on Facebook to stay in the know on local races.

Speaking of races – we are having a Color Run in Alex City in June!

Alabama Shakes pulled a surprise appearance at the Boogie last weekend. Insanity. If you do not have their music downloaded, work on that today.

Jessica Sanford, Emily McDaniel, Missy Fonte, and I celebrated Kowaliga’s Grand Opening last night! It was still muggy outside from the afternoon rain, and we elected to sit inside in the main dining room that is off the left of the entrance.

It feels so clean in there. The new floors are gorgeous, and the fresh paint shines. The new copper topped bar is beautiful, and it holds huge canisters of fun specialty cocktails. The additional outdoor seating added with the expansion of the deck will be so nice.

Kowaliga is located on the best spot on the lake. It is truly perfect. The fish tacos are also perfect. Make plans to try it out this weekend!

I am ending week two of Boot Camp with Tatum Wilbanks Massey at Anytime Fitness. It is a tough class, but it is supposed to be.

Tatum is an incredible athlete and knows her stuff. I am so spent afterward and then I have the best night’s sleep.

I have always been a runner, but I struggle to push myself in other arenas. I will quit on a sit-up in a heartbeat. Ladies – know that cardio is not enough. You have to do intensity and weight training.

It is great to get in a class setting where someone keeps the momentum going and challenges you. Boot Camp has a lot of old school moves in it, like suicide running, squats and push ups. I love it! It also makes you eat better because you know how hard you have worked out all week.

Back to the color run – the color race trend is incredibly hot right now, and Alex City Parks and Rec has organized Color Me Downtown, a 5K to be held June 1 in downtown Alexander City.

The race is designed to celebrate our downtown and all that we have to offer. I have not participated in a color run, but I know enough to give you the low down. Racers/walkers show up in completely white gear. You can form teams. You can also dress wacky (in tutus and such) if you choose. Wackiness is always encouraged.

As you run, you will pass color stations where volunteers pelt you with these color packets that explode on you and you are drenched in rainbow paint. It looks awesome!

These color runs sell out in cities, and it will be an amazing opportunity to pull people into Alex City. Jennifer Baker at Parks and Recs said that this race is designed to be fun. It is designed to promote good health, and it is something everyone can do.

For all of our downtown merchants, you should definitely be thinking about promos and sales you can come up with to coincide with this event and take advantage of the influx of people we will have downtown that morning.

Registration is online at and costs $25. Children ages five and younger participate for free. You receive a T-shirt and a color packet to throw.

There will be a post race Color Blast Party where everyone continues to throw color.

If you do not want to actively participate, Parks and Rec are looking for volunteers to work the color and water stations.

Parks and Rec will be planning more races this summer and fall. They are also looking at a mud run! I love racing culture, and I hope you can love it too.

Taste of the Town is happening Tuesday, April 30 at Emporium Wine. This wine tasting event is put on by the Chamber Ambassadors, and proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Jamie Browne is performing live, and your ticket covers food and wine. Tickets are $20, and the event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Help us Stomp Out Cancer!

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.