The running shoes hit the pavement at Carson Park Sunday morning as part of the largest ever 5K run/walk in Eau Claire history.
"It's was just so much fun.," Lauren Serf said.
Color from head to toe was the theme at Carson Park where runners let loose and had some vibrant fun as part of the first ever Color Run to be held in Eau Claire.
Race director Kari Dawson says that's the race is not timed and welcomes everyone no matter what your age or abilities may be.
“You can run, you can walk. We want you to come and feel that no one is going to judge you. No one cares if you come in last place,” Dawson explained.
The Color Run partners with local charities and donates a portion of their proceeds to that charity. This year the charity partner was the Eau Claire YMCA. Ken Van Es, the YMCA Executive Director says the money they receive will be used one of two ways.
"It all goes to help us either in our capital campaign fund or our assisted membership fund to help people who can't afford the fees,” Van Es said.
As part of the partnership, the YMCA provided 200 volunteers who helped create an experience that some hope to repeat.
“This was amazing. We're going to follow the color run, it's been amazing,” Libby Devens said.
The race director says they went through around 18-20,000 color packets as part of the colorful event.
The next Color Run will be held in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center next Sunday, May 4th.