WALLENPAUPACK - Getting sprayed with an array of colors while running in a 5k race was described as “fun” by many who participated in the fourth annual Color Run at Wallenpaupack Area High School Saturday.
More than 200 runners pre-registered for the race that supports the Dyberry Day Camp in Honesdale, where children with special needs attend each July. Erin Zubrickas who is a teacher in the district said she was pleased with the turnout on the “beautiful day” with a vendor fair and food donated by local businesses. The camp allows children who would likely not otherwise attend a camp do so, as they go on field trips, swim in the Honesdale community pool and take part in traditional camp activities.
The race occurs in conjunction with the camp and Wayne Highlands School District that has their own bike hike. Zubrickas said she takes part in the day simply, “for my students” because many from the Wallenpaupack district attend the camp.
A few days after the race, Zubrickas said in an email that $13,000 was collected and counting from the race.
A first time runner, fourth grader Sarah Decker described the race as “fun” as she ran and was sprayed because she liked the idea of being so “colorful.”
Peggy Harris ran in her second Color Run Saturday with her 10-year-old granddaughter Myrah Boogerman. A regular fast paced walker, Harris didn’t feel the course was rough, she actually enjoyed the shady spots and areas near the lake. She too, described being sprayed with the various colors as “fun” and “refreshing.” Prior to the race, Boogerman collected $500 in donations because she too, thought it would be “fun” and she would run again with her grandmother. She also wanted to help though, because she was aware that there are students in her school who have special needs.
After completing her second Color Run, seventh grader Molly DIckerman said aside from getting “colorful” she liked the idea that she was helping kids who would attend the Dyberry Day Camp. The course though, was “fun” as there were “lots of hills” that made it difficult.
While she did not run, Sarah Queipo who is the occupational therapist in the Wallenpaupack School District said she volunteers each year, because it is her ‘passion” to help the many students she works with who have physical and cognitive disabilities and she knows many of the children who attend the camp. Participating in the organization of the run is “very rewarding,” because of the volunteers and the goal of the event.
Melissa Moore and Lauren Terwilli appeared to be hardworking participants of the race, as they each pushed a baby carriage with a child resting inside. The race went well Moore said, until they came upon the hills. But even still, her six-month-old daughter Nora continued to sleep with her 2-year-old son Evan nearby. Terwilli’s young son Matthew also stayed content in the carriage with her kindergarten aged son John Lucas staying by her side. This was the women's first Color Run, but they both appeared to enjoy their time.
The Arc of Wayne County sponsors the Dyberry Day Camp. Through Facebook Ginny Motsko the president of the Arc of Wayne County said the funds raised from the race will benefit those who attend the camp from Wayne and Pike counties. The 20-day camp will serve 58 individuals this years, ranging in ages from 3 to 21.
Children with all types of disabilities attend the camp, ranging from spina bifida to cerebral palsy, brain injuries, autism and more. Those who attend are usually referred through school districts and a social agency, but parents too do make the connection. This year, 58 is the largest number of campers ever, as the cap is usually 55. They will partake in traditional camp activities and simply have fun with friends.
For more information about the Dyberry Day Camp visit www.thearcwaynecounty.org.