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Get your color on!

Splat Dash participants let loose in a final “color fight” after everyone finished the course. (Star Gazette photos by Katrina Styx)1 / 9
A youth volunteer makes sure his fellow volunteer gets thoroughly colored at the end of the race. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)2 / 9
Runners get colored by volunteers and event sponsors from Valley View Farms. Valley View Farms got white powder, since white is the color of the milk. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)3 / 9
People of all ages participated in the fun run. Many got colored even before the run started. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)4 / 9
Just before crossing the finish line, runners and walkers were treated to a cool splash from a fire hose, courtesy of Extreme Sandbox and its fire truck. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)5 / 9
About 230 people signed up to run or walk the event. The course began and ended at Hastings High School. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)6 / 9
A runner gives two thumbs up nearing the end of the course. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)7 / 9
Young Life area director Tim Stanley, left, was at the finish line to greet finishers with high fives and congratulations. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)8 / 9
Randy Stenger, owner of Extreme Sandbox, helps a boy spray a shower of water for incoming runners. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)9 / 9

The first annual Hastings Young Life Splat Dash had a smooth first year. The event, held Saturday morning at Hastings High School, invited the community out for a bit of exercise and fun.

“It was great for the first year,” said Tim Stanley, area director for Young Life.

The Splat Dash was a modified 5K fun run, with an emphasis on the fun. Runners and walkers got coated in colored powder before, during and after the run.

There were about 230 runners and 70 volunteers that made the even possible. Together, they raised about $6,000.

The funds will help pay for summer camps for Hastings Young Life participants as well as mission trips to the Dominican Republic. Young Life and WyldLife are sending 80 to 90 high school and middle school students on trips this summer; the funds will help pay their fees.

Ten color sponsors helped out by donating and setting up stations around the course where participants would get doused in color. Each sponsor had its own color, coordinated to their type of business. Another 10 businesses donated funds to support the event.

Event sponsors included Schoolhouse Scoop, Green Mill, Valley View Farms, Anytime Fitness, Extreme Sandbox, Saande Chiropractic, Hastings Automotive, Power Within Chiropractic, Young Life, National Facility Solutions, Special Tees, Mac McGoon Portrait Design Studios, Hastings Bus Company, Adagio Djay Entertainment, YMCA of Hastings, DCA Title, Steve and Toni Marie, Caribou Coffee, Langlais Law Firm and UPS Store of Hastings.

Those who didn’t get to participate this year will have a chance to get in on the fun next year.

“We will be back and even bigger and better next year,” Stanley said. “We have received such amazing feedback over the past few days that we have to do it again.”

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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