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Inaugural 5K Color Run-Walk Set to Benefit Autism Speaks

A 5-kilometer color run-walk to raise funds and awareness of autism is set for May 2 on campus, a first-time event powered by volunteers from the Autism Speaks U SUNY Plattsburgh chapter and the college women’s soccer team.

The event starts with registration at 10 a.m. on the field behind Memorial Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. The run-walk begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $5 for students, $7 for faculty/staff and $10 for the general public.

Participants will travel a course through campus where they will be “doused” with vegetable-based color dyes,” said Tania Armellino, head women’s soccer coach and one of the event directors.

“I love the notion of a beautiful day, getting some exercise and raising funds for such good causes,” she said.

Autism Speaks U SUNY Plattsburgh aims to further the mission of Autism Speaks by engaging the campus and local community in awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts to help individuals and families affected by autism. Its goal is to help change the future for those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders by helping fund research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism; raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

“The run-walk should be especially fun because participants wear white clothes that get squirted with different colors by students at different stations when they run by,” Armellino said. “By the end of the run, everyone will be covered with a rainbow of colors.”

T-Shirts will be given to the first 40 registrants and snacks, drinks, and music will be provided. Participants can register in advance at the Angell College Center Info Desk.

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