Colorful fun and local honors

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Editorial: April 2, 2013

ISSUE: Good news around

OUR VIEW: Colorful kudos

The trees in and around Freeman Lake Park in October should be decorated with some bright and stunning colors.

So will hundreds of runners and walkers who are expected to turn out for the high profile The Color Run. The national and international race billed as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet” is coming to Elizabethtown as part of its 2013 tour. The event begins at 9 a.m. Oct.12 in Freeman Lake Park.

The race and its participants become colorful when they are doused with different colors at each kilometer. Once the race wraps up, a Color Festival is organized, where runners dance and toss colored powder as a form of celebration. This is why those who participate are encouraged to wear white T-shirts.

The Color Run held its first official race in Phoenix, Ariz., in January 2012. Last year’s tour stopped in 50 U.S. cities and made three international visits with about 600,000 participants.

Proceeds from the local 5K (3.1 miles) benefit SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program. Those who participate can run on their own or as part of a team.

Registration begins April 15 at www.thecolorrun.com/elizabethtown. Cost is $35 each for a team of four or more and $40 for single participants.

The non-timed event is a good way to get in some fall exercise and help a quality cause at the same time. That one of the stops is in Elizabethtown puts us once again on the national stage.

TRUE STUDENT-ATHLETE. Aaron Vance is a senior at North Hardin High School and on the Trojan baseball team. He also is in select academic company.

Vance is one of 10 high school students in Kentucky to be awarded the prestigious McConnell Scholarship to the University of Louisville. McConnell Scholars receive full tuition to U of L as well as trips to Washington, D.C., a chance to meet with political leaders as well as a five-week trip to China.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and the school put the program in place in 1991 as a way for “Kentucky’s best and brightest to stay in Kentucky,” according to a U of L news release. The program is for students interested in political science.

Vance was selected based not only on his academic standing at North Hardin, but after a grueling selection process over two days that included 13 interviews.

Vance said he would like to attend law school. The scholarship he earned is a stepping stone toward achieving his career goals.

Vance now is in a long line of area students to be recognized with this scholarship and joins five other local students currently at U of L as McConnell Scholars.

HELP FROM A FARMER. Glendale’s Thomas Green is making an impact on hundreds of local students by his work ethic and generosity.

Recently, Green provided Lakewood Elementary School’s athletic department and Central Hardin High School’s FFA organization each with $2,500 he won in a national drawing.

Green’s donation came from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program through the Monsanto Fund, which randomly selects an entrant from qualifying counties throughout the nation and awards farmers money to donate to nonprofit organizations of their choice.

The winners come from counties declared disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of last summer’s drought. Counties such as Hardin were allowed double the $2,500 grant to pass on to nonprofits.

Green came up with the nonprofit groups from his own experience with FFA, and his daughter attends Lakewood Elementary School and he saw where the funds could help with the school’s program.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.