5k Color Run and Concert scheduled in village, Nov. 7

The only competition in this 5K event is to see who can have the most fun and be the most colorful. All area families are invited to participate in Palmetto Bay’s Twilight Color Run and Concert on Nov. 7, starting at 4 p.m. in front of the Village Hall parking lot at 9705 E. Hibiscus St.

In this Color Run participants can either choose to run or walk the course. Along the way, they are sprayed at color station with the same type of colored powder used in the Indian celebration of Holi, so everyone reaches the finish line covered with all the colors of the rainbow.

Proceeds from the event benefit Miami Palmetto Senior High’s 2015 capital improvement project to refurbish and reequip the aging weight room at the school, used by all PE classes and the many sports teams for conditioning.

“As the Village of Parks, it makes sense for us to use our beautiful facilities to support our fantastic neighborhood high school,” said Mayor Eugene Flinn. “People choose to live in Palmetto Bay primarily because of our high quality parks and schools.”

Anna Hochkammer, president of Miami Palmetto Senior High’s PTSA added that this is a great way to bring the community together. “The bulk of our students come from Palmetto Bay, so we’re very excited to have the village sponsor such a great event for us. And a lot of local businesses have pitched in to sponsor and help defray our costs so that we can raise as much money as possible.”

Current sponsors include the Village of Palmetto Bay, the Corradino Group, Williamson Automotive, MAPFRE Florida Insurance, and Fit2Run at Dadeland Mall.

The race begins and ends at Village Hall. Participants can register in advance for $45 at www.palmettohighptsa.org or day of race registration opens on site at 2:30 p.m. for $60 per person. Registration fee includes a commemorative medal, T-shirt, color packet and concert. Almost 300 participants have registered to date.

The race starts promptly at 4 p.m., but Franjo Road will be closed from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. to accommodate the race, warned Saylin Paez, Palmetto Bay Parks & Recreation Special Events and Programs coordinator. The course heads east from Franjo Road to SW 180th Street, north to SW 94th Avenue, then south on SW 94th Avenue. Runners will make a U-turn on SW 181st Terrace and head north to SW 176th Street for a run through Palmetto Bay Park, then exit the park and head west and north toward the finish line. Satellite parking will be available at Palmetto Bay Park and Total Bank starting at 1 p.m.

After the run, participants can enjoy live music by popular band Cutler Stew and other local talent from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be onsite selling a variety of food and drink.

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