There are two rules at The Color Run 5K races?wear a white shirt at the starting line, and finish plastered in color. Participants of all fitness levels weave through a leisurely course as volunteers lob colored powder at them, crossing the finish line doused in a rainbow of hues. Following the dash, color runners gather at the Finish Festival to celebrate their achievement with music, dancing, and even more massive color throws.
In 2008, at the age of 20, former athlete Jeremy Glass lost his battle against heroin addiction. To raise awareness and help others overcome their addictions, Jeremy's parents started an annual event: Jeremy's Run. By their estimation, the annual USATF-sanctioned walk and run has raised more than $110,000 and counting for drug-prevention programs. Participants choose from three runs?1 mile, 5K, or 10K?that take them on a leisurely path through verdant residential areas. Each runner also receives a virtual goodie bag that, in addition to helping reduce paper waste, allows them to pick and choose which items they'd like in advance. Race proceeds go to support three programs: The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the Jeremy Glass Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Kolmac Foundation, and "Jeremy's Hour?Knowledge Can Save a Life," an addiction outreach program through MedStar Montgomery.
Since its founding in 1893, the Chester County Historical Society has painstakingly cataloged nearly every facet of local life?from government records to fashionable dresses of the day. It's no wonder, then, that its 300-year-old collection of artifacts, photographs, and reference volumes takes up an entire 56,000-square-foot downtown History Center. Inside, visitors can find rotating exhibits on topics such as Civil War history and historic paper and textile crafts. Additionally, the permanent galleries are home to handcrafted grandfather clocks and furniture and fashion from the early 1700s to the 20th century. When museum staff aren't organizing the collections or leading educational workshops, they can help unearth a person's family history in the library and photo archives, which feature more than 80,000 historical and modern prints.