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.
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.
Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.