Neon colored paint flew around Saturday morning across from Scheumann Statdium during Muncie’s first Chase the Rainbow charity run.
The 350 Chase the Rainbow participants ran 5 kilometers around the tailgating area as group organizers and volunteers bombarded them with vegetable-based paint.
The run raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy and related diseases by funding worldwide research, according to its website.
In addition to these services, the MDA runs a week-long summer camp at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Ind. Funds raised by Chase the Rainbow will help allow 88 children attend the camp.
The Chase the Rainbow organization was created by the Ball State Dietetic Association, Microbiology Club and the Pre-Health Professionals Club.
“We just really want to thank everybody who came out today to raise this money for MDA,” said DeeAnna Woroszylo, president of the Pre-Health Professionals Club. “It’s a great cause and we were really excited that we were able to put this all together and donate [the money].”
Ball State students, staff and faculty who registered before the April 4 deadline each paid $25, while non-university affiliates paid $30.
The event featured a male and female category for winners. First place runners were Shawn Folsom and Madelyn Webster.
“I like to run, and it’s a good cause,” said Bryce Pittman, who received third place in the male category.