AAPI Montclair to host Color Run April 3, celebrating Holi and Songkran
AAPI Montclair is hosting its first Color Run on Sunday, April 3 to celebrate the Spring festivals of Holi and Songkran.
Holi is a popular Hindu festival, also known as the "Festival of Colors" and the "Festival of Spring," where entire streets and towns turn red, green and yellow as people throw colored powder into the air and splash them on others, AAPI Montclair said in an announcement of the event.
Songkran in Thai means "to move" or "change place." Songkran is known for its water festival and people celebrate by engaging in water play. Thai believe that water is purifying — that it cleanses you of any bad luck or grievances from the past year, and blesses you with fortune and happiness for the year ahead, the announcement says.
Racers will run a closed course inside Brookdale Park and will be splashed at the end with colored powder and water. There will be a color- and splash-free option.
Kids are welcome, and all entrants receive custom T-shirts with the Color Run logo.
A 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m., the announcement says.
Early bird registration pricing will go through March 20 — $30 for the 5K and $25 for the 1-mile Fun Run. Prices will then increase to $35 for the 5K and $30 for the 1-mile.
Confidential fee waivers are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
10% of race fees will be donated to each runner's PTAs of choice, by entering the school's name as the code at checkout. The codes are as follows: BRADFORD, BUZZALDRIN, BULLOCK, EDGEMONT, GLENFIELD, HILLSIDE, MHS, NISHUANE, NORTHEAST, RMS, WATCHUNG.
All proceeds raised will support AAPI Montclair's mission to create a more inclusive community by uplifting the varied experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, advocating for AAPI rights and representation, and promoting awareness and education around AAPI culture and history, the announcement says.
To register and learn more about the event, visit the events page on AAPI's website, aapimontclair.org.