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Whirlwind of Color set for April 27th


There are dates that stick out in everyone’s mind because of events that happened that day.

For many Alabamians, one of those dates is April 27th, when a series of tornadoes wrought havoc on the state in 2011.

This year, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is doing something to not just commemorate the events of that day, but to raise money for the organizations that assisted in recovery efforts in the area.

The Chamber will be hosting a 5K run called “A Whirlwind of Color” on April 17th beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The event will be patterned after the Color Run, in which colors are thrown on runners at intervals along the route.

According to Janis Burns, Superintendent of the City of Jacksonville Parks and Recreation, the color is a colored corn starch powder that will be thrown on runners at every half mile along the route.

“It can completely wash out, if you want your t-shirt washed out,” Burns said. “But some people like to wear their shirts, run, get the colors on it, and then they go and soak it in vinegar to keep the colors.”

The color is environmentally friendly, and will wash off the roads after the first rain.

This is the first year that this event has been held, but Burns says that there’s a chance it will become an annual run. “We’re the host site this year, because damage was done to the Jacksonville/Pleasant Valley area,” she said. “Also, we have a really good space to have the registration and the post-run party. We’re going to have a stage set up with a DJ and more color.”

The 3.1 mile route is a loop that begins at the Jacksonville Community Center and continues down A Street, Spring Street, Mountain Street, Forney Avenue, Park Avenue, then part of the Ladiga Trail leading back to the Community Center. There will be water and snack stations set up along the route.

No awards will be given out and the run is not timed, so participants can jog or walk as well.

There is a 25 dollar entry fee for each participant, which includes the Whirlwind of Color t-shirt that runners are to wear on the day of the event.

Runners can register up until April 27th, but entry forms and fees are due by April 1st to guarantee t-shirt size.

The Chamber of Commerce will give proceeds to the United Way of Calhoun County, where they will be distributed among organizations that assisted in local tornado relief efforts.

There is a limit of 500 participants in the Whirlwind of Color, and Burns is hoping that many of those will be college students.

“I know it’s the day after graduation, so hopefully people can come out and have one last hoorah before they move out of the dorms for the summer.”

Registration is available online at, and forms can be printed at For more information, call Janis Burns at 256-435-8115, or Emily Duncan at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce at 256-237-3536.

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