The Teen Advocacy Coalition and Willapa Harbor Health Foundation co-hosted the 1st Annual 5K Sources of Strength Color Run/Walk on Saturday, August 31st as part of the Come and Play on Labor Day festivities. The event was organized to promote healthy and happy living in local youth as well as provide a family-friendly activity for the community. The run/walk was free for youth 18 and under and had over 100 participants in its first year.
During the 5K run/walk, participants passed through several color stations, where they were dusted with dyed cornstarch. The various colors represent the eight strengths from the Sources of Strength wheel: family support, positive friends, spirituality, healthy activities, medical access, mentors, mental health, and generosity. The eight strengths are factors that research has shown are protective against suicide risk.
After finishing the 5K, participants were welcomed with a complimentary pancake breakfast, snacks, and beverages by the Raymond PTO. The event was a huge success and we are excited to offer this again in 2020!
Video by Willapa Harbor Drone