Chromatic Challenge brings some color to summer

A group of runners and walkers took to the streets around Starvaggi Memorial Park Saturday morning for the inaugural Chromatic Challenge 3K. The non-competitive race was organized by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation as a new event to kick off the summer season. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — The colors were flying around Starvaggi Memorial Park Saturday morning for the inaugural Chromatic Challenge 3K, hosted by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation.

Programs Director Chris Krishak explained the board wanted to develop a new event which would serve as a way to kick off the summer season, as well as the operating season at Starvaggi Memorial Pool.

Participants began and ended at the park, making their way through a course wrapping its way through nearby neighborhoods while being doused in colored powder at three stations.

“We wanted something different,” Krishak said, noting adding the color element to the race sets it apart from the annual Marland Heights 5K usually held in mid August.

Following the race, hot dogs and other refreshments were provided.

All participants received a free, one-day pass to the Starvaggi Memorial Pool, to be used any time this summer.

“The people who came seemed to enjoy themselves,” Krishak said, noting he hopes to make the Chromatic Challenge an annual event.

Krishak thanked the volunteers from Weir High School and St. Paul School, who operated the color stations.

Parks Executive Director Coty Shingle expressed his appreciation for this year’s sponsors, which included Hancock County Savings Bank, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Gus’s Goodies, PS Marketing, Dr. Gurdev Purewal, Sheetz and Healthways Inc.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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