Kent Goes Purple 5K Color Fun Run/Walk is Aug. 24

Washington College sophomore volunteer Sarah Dockham douses Parker Hudson and his wife Taylor Hudson with purple-colored powder at the start of last year’s 5K color fun run/walk that was part of the Kent Goes Purple initiative. This year’s color run will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 in Wilmer Park.

CHESTERTOWN — As part of Kent Goes Purple, the countywide substance abuse awareness initiative led by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Chestertown Rotary Club, the community is invited to run for a good cause and get a little colorful in the process.

The Kent Goes Purple 5K color fun run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 in the parking lot at Wilmer Park. Race day registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in Wilmer Park.

Online registration is $25 for those 18 years and older and $15 for those under 18. The price increases to $35 and $20, respectively, after Friday, Aug. 9. Registration is available at

Onsite registration the day of the race is $40 for participants 18 and older and $20 for those under 18. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Onsite registrants will be expected to produce a government-issued photo ID as well as execute a waiver and release of claim, according to a news release.

The day of the race, participants will pick up their color run/walk packet, which includes a T-shirt.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and arrive with towels or other types of covering to shield their vehicle interiors from potential color powder residue.

The parking lot at Wilmer Park will be closed to traffic, but parking is available in the Stepne Station parking lot across the street.

The color fun run will start and finish at Wilmer Park. The course proceeds southeast along Quaker Neck Road and then heads northwest up John Hanson Road, which involves a challenging hill and a few curves. At the halfway mark, the course reverses and heads back to the finish line in Wilmer Park. Water stations will be available throughout, but participants may bring additional food and beverages.

Kent Goes Purple, a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, aims to engage the community and youth to stand up against substance abuse. Proceeds from the 5K will help support the programs and events developed to drive this message home.

To learn more about Kent Goes Purple, visit

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