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We’re All Human Hosts its Third Annual Color Run at Woodgrove High School

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We’re All Human Hosts its Third Annual Color Run at Woodgrove High School

The banner for the 2018 5k Color Run.

The banner for the 2018 5k Color Run.

Photo by Lainey Lynch

The banner for the 2018 5k Color Run.

Photo by Lainey Lynch

Photo by Lainey Lynch

The banner for the 2018 5k Color Run.

Written by Lainey Lynch, Meghan Dunster

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The We’re All Human Club (WAH) at Woodgrove High recently hosted the third annual Color Run with six other LCPS high schools. This event is funded by the Ryan Bartel Foundation, a foundation dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention.

The Color Run began in Loudoun County to support the Ryan Bartel Foundation which was founded by Suzie and Ben Bartel, the parents of Ryan, a WHS student who committed suicide in 2014.

Haley Frankovich, a WAH member, helped set up for the start time of 11 am.  “We get to help organize volunteers, prepare the colors, and make advertise the race to the community,” she said.

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Students gather after completing the 2018 5K Color Run.

Sophomore Kristina Green is a committee member and participant of the Color Run.  She said she enjoys being a part of WAH mainly because, “It’s a committee that works together to help students who are struggling.”

The color run has now become annual, and celebrated its third consecutive year at Woodgrove High School. Particpants who register 15 days prior to the run receive a free t-shirt, and the school with the most participant’s wins a trophy to display at their school.

Some joined the run for a fun event joining the run, most people don’t know what the color run is supporting. “I didn’t even know it was part of the run until after,” said Kylee Harrell. However, many people who were informed what the run supports afterwards they believe that everyone should be told, and that it should be advertised further.

The Color Run began in Loudoun County to support the Ryan Bartel Foundation which was founded by Suzie and Ben Bartel, the parents of Ryan, a WHS student who committed suicide in 2014.

Photo by Lainey Lynch
Color Run runners are splashed with the colorful powder while running.

WAH clubs were formed in local high schools within the last few years to support the foundation and to make sure all students feel heard and included and that all students have an outlet.  never want to see students struggling, and believe every student deserves to have an outlet.

Each year the school with the most volunteers is awarded a trophy. Around 500 people participate each year from all the schools combined.

At the color run many students and parents run and compete for first.  You may choose to do a timed race if you want, or you can do it at your own pace. You do not have to be a great runner to do this.

The annual color run brings participants of all ages to either compete for first or to donate money to the Ryan Bartel Foundation. WAH volunteer to throw color, setup, and organize the color run. About 500 people attended this year and each runner donated money to the Ryan Bartel foundation to support each and every kid.

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