KATY (Covering Katy News) – Rainy, cold temperatures couldn’t keep over 800 local residents from attending the Second annual Katy Color Run on April 7th. The event benefited five local organizations: Christ Clinic, Clothed by Faith, Hope Impacts, Katy Christian Ministries, and Compassion Katy.
The race got off to a colorful start with a chalk filled 5k and was followed by a 1K Kids Dash. Kingsland Baptist Church hosted the event.
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Josh Kuriakose, 17, and Hayden Gold, 14, were the male and female top finishers in the 5K. Kuriakose finished with a time of 17:24 and Gold clocked in at 20:28.
The winners of the 1K Kids dash were Sam Huntiford, Halle Elliot, Hugo Sims and Somayina Eze.
Post-race celebrations were cut short by a strong cold front that brought chilly winds to the area but were still enjoyed by many.
Festivities included a performance by Marshall Camp, food trucks and a vendor fair filled with many local Katy businesses and organizations.
The benefiting nonprofits provided thousands of people with medical, food, clothing and shelter needs after Hurricane Harvey.
Christ Clinic offers medical care to uninsured and underinsured patients.
Clothed by Faith gives gently used clothing to thousands of Katy area residents in need.
Compassion Katy connects churches, businesses, and nonprofits to provide solutions meeting community needs.
Hope Impacts imparts hope to homeless and under-resourced people in the Katy area by linking them to services and resources.
Katy Christian Ministries provides food and emergency financial assistance to those in need and also offers many other resources to the community including a domestic abuse center and a resale store.
The presenting sponsor of the Color Run was the Ballard Foundation.
Other sponsors included Members Choice Credit Union, Grace Fellowship, MD Anderson, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Parkway Fellowship, Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, Katy YMCAs, Community Health Choice, Gillman Automotive Group, Prodigal and Absolutely Katy Magazine. More than 100 volunteers helped make the event a success.
See photos below.