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Color run to show runners a different side of Wind Creek

Published 10:40am Monday, September 16, 2013

Wind Creek State Park is preparing to host a 5K fun run with a bit of a twist next month.
The park will host its Wind Creek State Park Pumpkin Run 5K Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 a.m.
Gerad Martin, park manager one at Wind Creek State Park, said the run will start at the park’s marina and will take runners throughout the park.
“It’s similar to the fun run that they had in Alexander City, where not only were there runners involved, but there were also bystanders with the colors,” Martin said. “It’s going to be a 5K run that goes throughout the park.”
Martin said the run will start from the marina, go to the campgrounds, then to the picnic area and return to the marina area.
“It’s going to take the runners throughout the park a bit, and they will get to see areas of the park that they normally do not see if they are picnicking or they normally would not see if they are camping,” Martin said. “It’s going to be fun and that time of year the weather is nice.”
Those interested can register by going to and searching Wind Creek State Park Pumpkin Run 5K.

Registration is $25 but will be $30 the day of the run.
Martin said the park is giving away t-shirts, but there are a limited number, so runners are encouraged to register early to guarantee they receive a shirt.
Martin added the funds help the park with a number of programs.
“A lot of it is going to go toward the volunteer parks program, which go toward events like the Easter egg hunt we have here, as well as the Halloween carnival,” Martin said. “We just encourage a lot of people to come out and support the park. It is an event that will help the park for events and trail maintenance.”