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Color Me Rad Colors Billings

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Colored powder covered runners at MetraPark Saturday. The annual Color Me Rad 5K brought nearly 2,700 people from Billings and surrounding areas. Everywhere you looked, colorful powder covered the ground and people's clothes.

"This is a great way to get to know your neighbor and to be able to throw color in their face and say you're awesome, I love you, let's have a great time," said Steve, Color Me Rad's announcer.

Runners started out wearing white T-shirts and volunteers were stationed at various points in the race to throw colored powder. Though it's a fun community event, it's also a fundraiser for the Billings YMCA.

"That will go to the after school programs, to teaching kids how to swim, all sorts of things to help kids well ultimately live healthier, better lives," Steve said. "Keep them off drugs, off of streets for trouble, and just be happy and enjoy their life. It gets them into running and gets them excited about it. It shows them that doing stuff like this instead of video games or sitting on the couch is actually about 100 times more fun."

Parents also brought their kids to the event for fresh air.

"I think it's fantastic," said Roxanne Morgret. "I think it's as a culture and a country we really need that and this is a great way to do it and have fun."

"Yeah, I love my kids when they come and do this," said Jessica Noel, a participant. "It just kind of encourages them to come out and do their own thing."

Color Me Rad organizers hope to raise nearly $15,000 for the local YMCA.