Run or Dye race in Rapid City benefits YMCA - KOTA Territory News

Run or Dye race in Rapid City benefits YMCA

A race that's a little more colorful than most, came to Rapid City on Saturday. Not only is it a fun event but it's also for a good cause.

From a distance it might look like your average race. However, the Run or Dye race is anything but.
Runners get blasted with color.

"It was really fun. The purple was the hardest part. The purple dye, you couldn't see through it was really purple," said Billie Wicks, a runner.

"When you walk up, you just see people having fun. It's great people are all dressed up. They are decked out in all sorts of fun goofy outfits. They're just excited to get color all over them," said Roger Gallimore, Executive Director of the Rapid City YMCA.

Not only is it a great time, it's also for a cause.

"This Run or Dye event, which is a whole bunch of fun for a lot of folks, is going to benefit the YMCA Sponsorship Fund. This is the fund that is used that helps bring kids into the Y that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity," said Gallimore.

This isn't the first time the race has been held in Rapid City. It's the second year.

"Rapid City was awesome last year. We had more runners last year probably because it was a little warmer, but it was awesome. We loved it so we came back," said Emily Harris, Assistant Race Director.

Runners have fun with it. Some got decked out in tutus.

"Last year I did this and I saw a whole bunch of tutus. And my girls love the tutus. So that is why we wear tutus," said Lacey Brubaker, a runner.

There is no lack of colorful dye.

"I got it down my shirt. It is just everywhere," said Wicks.

Some say they were surprised with how much they enjoyed the 5 kilometer race.

"It was really fun. I didn't think it would be as fun. I wish cross country races were like this," said Mattisen Kelley.

Organizers say more than one thousand people ran in the race. Run or Dye races are held all over the country. They are also in Canada and parts of Europe.

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