Campus, Community Comes Out for Color Me Rad 5K

Monday, September 08, 2014

The UNCW campus came alive with color on Saturday as more than 6,000 runners participated in the Color Me Rad 5K. This is the second year UNCW has hosted the popular event. A portion of the proceeds support student-athlete scholarships, which offer deserving student-athletes the opportunity to be exemplary representatives of this community.

Kat Stehno ’10 ran the race with a friend. Both of them were decked out in togas and he wore a Viking hat complete with horns. By the end of the 5K, their formerly white togas were more colorful than tie-dyed T-shirts and Stehno’s face was coated in Seahawk teal. Stehno, an adventurer who recently returned to Wilmington after a stint as an English instructor in Chile, said: “You know me; I had to do this.”

Susan Thornhill, a re-enrollment specialist in the Registrar’s Office, participated in the race with her family. “This is so exciting,” she said as they waited at the starting gate. “We didn’t get to do the race last year; I’m so glad we’re here today.”

Campus landscaping supervisor Chris Randall watched hundreds of walkers and joggers – most of them coated in bright yellow, blue or pink cornstarch – cruise down Chancellor’s Walk. “Look at them,” he said with a smile. “This is great.”

Andrea Weaver, a University Relations writer who participated in her first 5K in 15 years, said, “I had a lot of fun, and it was for a good cause. My favorite part was seeing all of the runners’ costumes. I saw Batman, Wonder Woman and dozens of girls wearing tutus. I even saw a couple of dads in tutus, racing their daughters to the finish line.”

Photos from the event can be seen here.