On October 12, 2013, Color PHor A Cure became the biggest and brightest 5k race in Jennings, Louisiana history with 2,300 racers and raising over $130,000 for Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Mentoring! THANK YOU! Who is up for doing it again in 2014?
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Color PHor A Cure was founded by Josh & Lindsey Belt of Jennings, Louisiana. In January of 2013, their youngest son Joel Belt (3 years old) was diagnosed with severe primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). After 42 days in 3 different hospitals, Joel was sent home with very aggressive medication with the hope to improve his quality of life. Since there is NO CAUSE found for why Joel has PPH, that also means there is NO CURE. He currently has only two options at the moment: medicine for life or a double lung transplant.
Today, Joel is currently being seen by some of the greatest PH doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is currently on a 24/7 IV medication that is being infused directly into his heart as well as taking half a dozen other oral medications. Unfortunately, at this time no PH medication given to children is approved. Just recently, Joel’s doctors have given him 6 month to 1 year to live. This is where you can help! Joel needs your help in raising funds to find a cure in his lifetime.
Click here to watch a short video on Joel and his PH story!
WHAT IS PH?
Pulmonary hypertension (PH), a rare and often misdiagnosed disease. The disease causes high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. This makes it harder for the blood to flow through the lungs to pick up oxygen. This causes potentially life threatening consequences such as right heart failure. When diagnosed in time, treatments can be administered that improve quality of life and may prolong it. While research has come incredibly far in the last 15 years or so, with nine approved PH therapies and many more in the pipeline, none of these therapies is approved for use in children.
100% of all the proceeds from the race will go to help raise awareness and research funds for PHA’s Dr. Robyn J. Barst Pediatric Research and Mentoring Fund for Pulmonary Hypertension. This is the only pediatric PH research fund in all of the United States. You can learn more about PH at phassociation.org
Our goal is to raise $40,000…so every dollar helps!
Color PHor A Cure 5k is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Whether you are a casual morning walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of Color PHor A Cure course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life. You’ll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong!
DATE & LOCATION
October 12, 2013
Jennings Elementary Football Field
620 Florence Street
Jennings, LA 70546
7:30am Pre-Race Registration Opens
8:30am Pre-Race Festivities Begin
9:00am Official START to the Race (Groups of 500 people will go every 5 minutes)
9:40am COLOR PHRENZY begins (color countdowns will occur every 15 – 20 minutes)
11:30am COLOR PHRENZY ends
12:30pm SITE CLOSES (have a great day and thanks for all your support!)
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED!
If you have not registered yet, you can still register at Packet Pick-up or on Race Day!
$40 after September 1
$50 day of Race
$20 for PH warriors and their caregivers
Free for Kids 7 and under (kids will not get a shirt, but can purchase one on race day)
Packet Pick-Up is where you’ll get your Color PHor A Cure gear. You’ll receive the following: race bag, t-shirt, race bib, Color PHor A Cure tattoo, a bag of magic powder to throw at the post-race party, and a bunch of other goodies from our sponsors.
WHERE: Our Savior’s Church
1622 S. Lake Arthur Ave.
Jennings, LA 70546 oscconnect.com
WHEN: Thursday, October 10th / 5pm – 7pm Friday, October 11th / 11am – 7pm
We STRONGLY encourage you to pick up your race bag AT the Packet Pick Up dates and location shown above. All you will need is a form of identification. You also CAN have someone else pick it up for you…. you’ll just need to fill our Packet Pick Up Waiver Form. If there are no other options, you can pick up your packet on race day but you will need to be there extra early and be prepared to wait in line. Race day is CRAZY…good crazy of course…but we’d hate to see you miss the pre-race fun standing in line trying to get your packet!
Are you looking for somewhere to rest your colorful head before or after the race? Check out our HOST HOTEL: Hampton Inn & Suites Jennings. They are located two miles from the start line so it’ll be super convenient and they’re giving Color PHor A Cure runners special discount rates – tell them you’re with Color PHor A Cure when making your reservation. Room block is based on availability so please book soon.
310 W Fred Ruth Zigler Memorial Dr. / Jennings, Louisiana 70546
To reserve your room you can call 337-824-2699 and tell them you are with Color PHor A Cure or click “HERE“!
Just like at Christmas and birthdays, ’tis better to give than receive… right? This historic event will require an army of crazy volunteers! All volunteers will receive one of the coolest, Color PHor A Cure volunteer shirts. Have questions? Contact us at email@example.com
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ARE OFFICIALLY FILLED!
On behalf of Joel, other kids with PH, family members, and caregivers thank you to all of our 2013 COLOR PHOR A CURE SPONSORS
PHA IS A 501(C)(3) TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATION
TAX ID# 65-0880021
801 ROEDER RD
#1000, SILVER SPRING, MD 20910 WWW.PHASSOCIATION.ORG
HOW IT WORKS?
You start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, you’ll be blasted with bright colors from our Color Bombers until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line looking like a pack of skittles.
I’VE NEVER RAN A 5K, WHAT DO I DO?
We want to help! In fact, this Beginner 5K Plan will transform you from a couch potato to 5K runner in just two months. Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. Before setting out, make sure to precede each training session with a 5 minute warmup walk or jog. Be sure to stretch both before and after. Now, go lace up your running shoes and get to steppin!
CAN THE COLOR HURT ME?
The color is super safe and is basically the consistency of powdered sugar. This is non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, colored cornstarch. Processed in the good ol’ US of A, these blasts of starch will change your color, and your demeanor, but never your level of wellness.
WILL THE COLOR RUIN MY SHOES OR CLOTHES?
The color does mostly wash out after the event, but some of it can stain. As with anything, the sooner you wash it the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting the color on. If you want to preserve the color in your shirt, spray it with vinegar and iron it before you wash it.
WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT?
No age limit! Come young, come old!
ARE KIDS ALLOWED?
Yes, kids love to get colored just as much as the rest of us. Kids 7 and under are free with adult registration. Kids will not receive a shirt, but can purchase one on Race Day. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome! We do recommend that your kids are properly protected with sunglasses, and for toddlers and infants, maybe even something to cover their mouth.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
Nope, sorry. Our races are pet free.
WHAT DO I GET FOR REGISTERING?
Besides getting the most colorful experience of your life in this most amazing 5k, you’ll also receive a swag Color PHor A Cure 5K bag and shirt, race bib, color packet, and any promo material that local sponsors might include.
CAN I SIGN UP AS A TEAM?
Absolutely! Whether you have family, co-workers, workout buddies…you can sign up as a team, pick a team name and run the race together. Many teams make their own t-shirts with their team name or come in costume. You can register as a team at the Register part of this page.
WHAT IF I REGISTER AND CAN’T MAKE IT?
Can’t make it? Are you crazy?! You can’t afford to miss this!
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
Bummer, No. Unfortunately it’s impossible for us to offer refunds. You can still pick up your packet and race goodies, or you can transfer your registration to someone else up to 1 week prior to the event. In order to to transfer registrations, you need to send us the name, contact info, email, and shirt size of the person to whom the registration will be transferred to. We can then take care of the rest.
WHERE AND WHEN IS PACKET PICKUP?
Check out the race page two weeks before the race to download important race docs like, dates, times, and locations of packet pickup. When you come you’ll need your name, personal identification, and 2 hands…or three..heck just bring however many hands you have. We will make it work.
WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE BEGIN?
The race begins at 9AM, and then we’ll release waives every 5 minutes or so. We recommend getting there 45-60 minutes early so you have plenty of time to park and stretch!
CAN MY FAMILY WATCH?
Of course! Bring your friends and family to come cheer you on. Just be sure to give them a big hug at the finish line for coming to support you!
IS THE COLOR PHOR A CURE 5K TIMED?
No timing chips, but you will have the “time of your life”!
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FINISH LINE?
This is the best color finale you have ever seen. Every 15 – 20 minutes everyone will grab their Color packs and pummel each other until you’re black and blue (from corn starch – no real bruising will occur). There will be music and other color doused participants welcoming you across the finish line with open arms.
HOW DO I GET CLEAN?
For sins: we’d recommend repentance and confession. For color: we’d recommend soap, cold water, and perseverance. After the party if you want to dust yourself off before going home, hit up one of our “blow” stations where we will do our best to blow you clean. You may want to bring a towel or plastic garbage bag to put in your car for the ride home.
CAN I TAKE PICTURES?
We will have photographers taking pictures during and after the 5k but if you want to get some sweet pics in the midst of all that color goodness, we recommend using a plastic baggy or plastic wrap to keep your devices color free.
Still more questions? Feel free to e-mail or facebook a question to us!