Runners and walkers alike wrapped up Saturday’s 5K Color Fun Run with a colorful dance celebration at the intersection of Main and Water Streets in downtown Sonora August 4, 2018. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Sonora Bronco Cheer organization.   


KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS
Runners and walkers alike wrapped up Saturday’s 5K Color Fun Run with a colorful dance celebration at the intersection of Main and Water Streets in downtown Sonora August 4, 2018. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Sonora Bronco Cheer organization. KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS

Runners and walkers alike took part in a colorful fitness challenge this past Saturday morning, August 4, 2018, to benefit the Sonora Bronco Cheerleaders.

For the more than 60 participants the 5K Color Run was called fun. More importantly proceeds from the event went to the Bronco Cheer organization to help offset the cost of uniforms, cheer camp and competitions.

Lorie Cervantez, event coordinator, said she was both surprised and pleased with the turnout.

“With this being our very first major event to have for our girls and to bring to Sonora, I felt it was a great turnout with the amount of participants and volunteers that we had,” Cervantez said. “Those that participated at the end of the run and after the color celebration had all suggested we continue to do this and make it an annual event.”

A total of 83 people registered for the event with more than 60 actually taking part in the run, according to Cervantez.

The Color Run aims to promote health and include all ages, shapes and sizes.

Participants began the event with a clean white t-shirt before running through color zones – red, yellow, blue and green.

Beginning at Concho Avenue and Main Street, runners and walkers made their way along the 3.11-mile route through town eventually finishing in front of the courthouse.

As they passed by color stations, participants were misted with water and doused with colored corn starch.

By the time they crossed the finish line, they resembled a never-ending rainbow.

Sonora Middle School student Cainaan Abalos was the first in his age group to be congratulated for completing the course.

With his arms stretched out while teetering left and right as though he were an airplane approaching the runway, Casey Berkhouse swooped across the finish as the first adult to complete the course.

After catching their breath, everyone gathered for the event celebration splashing more color on themselves while dancing in the street.

Covered in color from head to toe, Cervantez and the 12 members of the Bronco Cheer Squad stopped to pose for one last photo.

Cervantez said her goal was to host a fundraiser equaling the colorful and spirited character of the cheerleaders.

And, Saturday’s event was all that and more.

“This was such an amazing event,” Cervantez said. “This was a great way to bring family and friends together while helping an organization. I felt that doing a 5K Fun Run would have a bigger impact on our community in regards to participating. What a better way to Fundraise with getting Active and doing it together as a community.”