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Grand Haven students to host Color Run for cystic fibrosis

Dylan Goetz • May 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven High School’s Student Senate is hosting its seventh annual 5k Color Run to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The event, which is at 9 a.m. May 19, will raise awareness for victims of cystic fibrosis. The run will start at the high school, 17001 Ferris St.

The 5k run requires a $30 registration fee to cover minor set-up costs. Any extra money will be donated to the foundation. Sign-up sheets are available on the event’s website, www.cf5kcolorrun.com/.

Participants will receive sunglasses, a bandana and a white T-shirt to cover their eyes and mouth while running through the 3.1-mile course. The Student Senate will station “color crews” along the track to guide runners and squirt paint.

Photo Gallery: 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Color Run

Cystic fibrosis a life-threatening disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.

GHHS 2015 graduate Katriona VanDoorne, a cystic fibrosis victim, still provides inspiration for the 5k.

“We have students at Grand Haven who have cystic fibrosis that I wasn’t even aware of until I picked up the event,” said Renee Borchers, the event’s director. “That is why we do it — so we can talk with and support these people.”

Borchers, a senior at Grand Haven High School, directs a committee of about 10 students who put together the event. She said this is one of the best runs in the Grand Haven area.

“We don’t have anything like this,” she said. “So, I think it’s a pretty fun first 5k for people.”

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